Biblical Literalism A Gentile Heresy

Biblical Literalism  A Gentile Heresy
Author: John Shelby Spong
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2016-02-16
ISBN: 006236233X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biblical Literalism A Gentile Heresy Book Excerpt:

A global and pioneering leader of progressive Christianity and the bestselling author of Why Christianity Must Change or Die and Eternal Life explains why a literal reading of the Gospels is actually heretical, and how this mistaken notion only entered the church once Gentiles had pushed out all the Jewish followers of Jesus. A man who has consciously and deliberately walked the path of Christ, John Shelby Spong has lived his entire life inside the Christian Church. In this profound and considered work, he offers a radical new way to look at the gospels today as he shows just how deeply Jewish the Christian Gospels are and how much they reflect the Jewish scriptures, history, and patterns of worship. Pulling back the layers of a long-standing Gentile ignorance, he reveals how the church’s literal reading of the Bible is so far removed from these original Jewish authors’ intent that it is an act of heresy. Using the Gospel of Matthew as a guide, Spong explores the Bible’s literary and liturgical roots—its grounding in Jewish culture, symbols, icons, and storytelling tradition—to explain how the events of Jesus’ life, including the virgin birth, the miracles, the details of the passion story, and the resurrection and ascension, would have been understood by both the Jewish authors of the various gospels and by the Jewish audiences for which they were originally written. Spong makes clear that it was only after the church became fully Gentile that readers of the Gospels took these stories to be factual, distorting their original meaning. In Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy, Spong illuminates the gospels as never before and provides a better blueprint for the future than where the church’s leaden and heretical reading of the story of Jesus has led us—one that allows the faithful to live inside the Christian story in the modern world.

The Origin of Heresy

The Origin of Heresy
Author: Robert M. Royalty
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2013-05-07
ISBN: 1136277420
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Origin of Heresy Book Excerpt:

Heresy is a central concept in the formation of Orthodox Christianity. Where does this notion come from? This book traces the construction of the idea of ‘heresy’ in the rhetoric of ideological disagreements in Second Temple Jewish and early Christian texts and in the development of the polemical rhetoric against ‘heretics,’ called heresiology. Here, author Robert Royalty argues, one finds the origin of what comes to be labelled ‘heresy’ in the second century. In other words, there was such as thing as ‘heresy’ in ancient Jewish and Christian discourse before it was called ‘heresy.’ And by the end of the first century, the notion of heresy was integral to the political positioning of the early orthodox Christian party within the Roman Empire and the range of other Christian communities. This book is an original contribution to the field of Early Christian studies. Recent treatments of the origins of heresy and Christian identity have focused on the second century rather than on the earlier texts including the New Testament. The book further makes a methodological contribution by blurring the line between New Testament Studies and Early Christian studies, employing ideological and post-colonial critical methods.

Heresy and Identity in Late Antiquity

Heresy and Identity in Late Antiquity
Author: Eduard Iricinschi,Holger M. Zellentin
Publsiher: Mohr Siebeck
Total Pages: 407
Release: 2008
ISBN: 9783161491221
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Heresy and Identity in Late Antiquity Book Excerpt:

"The papers collected in this volume shift the focus away from "heretics" and "heresy" to heresiological discourse, by contextualizing the late antique Jewish and Christian groups that produced our extant literature. The contributors to the volume draw from multiple literary corpora and genres, bringing a variety of late antique perspective to explore the discursive construction of the Other. They unravel ethnic identities, and re-create the multiple voices textured in the dialogue between the "orthodox" and "heretical" writers."--BOOK JACKET.

Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism

Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism
Author: John Shelby Spong
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2009-03-17
ISBN: 006175319X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism Book Excerpt:

By popular demand—study guides to two of Bishop John Shelby Spong's bestselling and controversial works, including questions, reflections, and summaries for group and individual use.

A New Christianity for a New World

A New Christianity for a New World
Author: John Shelby Spong
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2009-10-13
ISBN: 0061750255
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A New Christianity for a New World Book Excerpt:

In his bestselling book Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Bishop John Shelby Spong described the toxins that are poisoning the Church. Now he offers the antidote, calling Christians everywhere into a new and radical reformation for a new age. Spong looks beyond traditional boundaries to open new avenues and a new vocabulary into the Holy, proposing a Christianity premised upon justice, love, and the rise of a new humanity -- a vision of the power that might be.

Jesus for the Non Religious

Jesus for the Non Religious
Author: John Shelby Spong
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2009-10-13
ISBN: 0061737305
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus for the Non Religious Book Excerpt:

The Pope Describes the Ancient Traditional Jesus; Bishop Spong Brings Us a Jesus Modern People Can Be Inspired By

The Sins of Scripture

The Sins of Scripture
Author: John Shelby Spong
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2009-10-13
ISBN: 0061835609
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sins of Scripture Book Excerpt:

In the history of the Western World, the Bible has been a perpetual source of inspiration and guidance for countless Christians. However, this Bible has also left a trail of pain. It is undeniable that the Bible is not always used for good. Sometimes the Bible can seem overtly evil. Sometimes its texts are terrible. Bishop John Shelby Spong boldly approaches those texts that have been used through history to justify the denigration or persecution of others while carrying with them the implied and imposed authority of the claim that they were the "Word of God." As he exposes and challenges what he calls the "terrible texts of the Bible", laying bare the evil done by these texts in the name of God, he also seeks to redeem these texts, hoping to recover their ultimate depth and purpose. Spong looks specifically at texts used to justify homophobia, anti-Semitism, treating women as second-class humans, corporal punishment, and environmental degradation, but he also delivers a new picture of how Christians can use the Bible today. As Spong battles against the way the Bible has been used throughout history, he provides a new framework, introducing people to a proper way to engage this holy book of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries

The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries
Author: Alain Le Boulluec
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 725
Release: 2022-07-21
ISBN: 0192543857
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries Book Excerpt:

Inspired by analogies betwen the construction of heresy and the representation of madness described by Michael Foucault in in Histoire de la folie à l'âge classique (Madness and Civilization), The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries demonstrates how the concept of heresy emerges in the work of Justin Matyr. It shows that this invention created a concept capable of dominating every current suspected of endangering ecclesial harmony, and transformed the tradition of Greek historiography of philosophical schools by combining it with the apocalyptic theme of diabolical conspiracy. Le Boulluec examines how this model is refined by Irenaeus, then modified by Clement of Alexandria and Origen. First published in 1985 as d'hérésie dans la littérature grecque (IIe-IIIesiècles), this newly translated work includes a substantial new introduction surveying literature in the previous decades. In line wth Walter Bauer's pioneering book, which overturned the confessional model making heresy a later falsification of orthodoxy, it shows that the notion of heresy was invented in the second century and then refined in order to remove all legitimacy from diversity and pluralism in the fields of doctrine and practice. Le Boulluec studies rhetorical practices and polemical assimilations to highlight key debates on the relationship between philosophy, Christianity, and Judaism, and to examine the conflict of interpretations that drive the exegesis of the Bible in constructing an orthodoxy.

Beyond Moralism

Beyond Moralism
Author: John Shelby Spong
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 100
Release: 2011-01-04
ISBN: 0062047973
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beyond Moralism Book Excerpt:

This thought-provoking guide takes a candid look at the moral issues we face in our daily lives. Using the Ten Commandments as a starting point, the authors bring fresh analysis to such problems as the morality of war in a nuclear age, equitable tax structures, abortion, marital fidelity, capital punishment, care of aging parents, euthanasia, homosexuality, and other contemporary concerns. Beyond Moralism offers solid guidance that is consistent with the Word of God as heard throughout the ages.

Here I Stand

Here I Stand
Author: John Shelby Spong
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2009-03-17
ISBN: 0061746711
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Here I Stand Book Excerpt:

The legendary Episcopal Bishop tells of his lifelong struggle to champion an authentic christianity based on love, not hatred.

Heresy in Transition

Heresy in Transition
Author: John Christian Laursen,Cary J. Nederman
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 253
Release: 2016-04-22
ISBN: 1317122461
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Heresy in Transition Book Excerpt:

The concept of heresy is deeply rooted in Christian European culture. The palpable increase in incidences of heresy in the Middle Ages may be said to directly relate to the Christianity's attempts to define orthodoxy and establish conformity at its centre, resulting in the sometimes forceful elimination of Christian sects. In the transition from medieval to early modern times, however, the perception of heresy underwent a profound transformation, ultimately leading to its decriminalization and the emergence of a pluralistic religious outlook. The essays in this volume offer readers a unique insight into this little-understood cultural shift. Half of the chapters investigate the manner in which the church and its attendant civil authorities defined and proscribed heresy, whilst the other half focus on the means by which early modern writers sought to supersede such definition and proscription. The result of these investigations is a multifaceted historical account of the construction and serial reconstruction of one of the key categories of European theological, juristic and political thought. The contributors explore the role of nationalism and linguistic identity in constructions of heresy, its analogies with treason and madness, the role of class and status in the responses to heresy. In doing so they provide fascinating insights into the roots of the historicization of heresy and the role of this historicization in the emergence of religious pluralism.

Eternal Life A New Vision

Eternal Life  A New Vision
Author: John Shelby Spong
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2009-09-01
ISBN: 0061936685
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Eternal Life A New Vision Book Excerpt:

Drawing on a lifetime of wisdom, New York Times bestselling author and controversial religious leader John Shelby Spong continues to challenge traditional Christian theology in Eternal Life: A New Vision. In this remarkable spiritual autobiography about his lifelong struggle with the questions of God and death, he reveals how he ultimately came to believe in eternal life.

Born of a Woman

Born of a Woman
Author: John Shelby Spong
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2009-03-17
ISBN: 006173960X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Born of a Woman Book Excerpt:

John Shelby Spong, bestselling author and Episcopal bishop of Newark, NJ, challenges the doctrine of the virgin birth, tracing its development in the early Christian church and revealing its legacy in our contemporary attitudes toward women and female sexuality.

Unbelievable

Unbelievable
Author: John Shelby Spong
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2018-02-13
ISBN: 0062641344
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Unbelievable Book Excerpt:

Five hundred years after Martin Luther and his Ninety-Five Theses ushered in the Reformation, bestselling author and controversial bishop and teacher John Shelby Spong delivers twelve forward-thinking theses to spark a new reformation to reinvigorate Christianity and ensure its future. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, Christianity was in crisis—a state of conflict that gave birth to the Reformation in 1517. Enduring for more than 200 years, Luther’s movement was then followed by a "revolutionary time of human knowledge." Yet these advances in our thinking had little impact on Christians’ adherence to doctrine—which has led the faith to a critical point once again. Bible scholar and Episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong contends that there is mounting pressure among Christians for a radically new kind of Christianity—a faith deeply connected to the human experience instead of outdated dogma. To keep Christianity vital, he urges modern Christians to update their faith in light of these advances in our knowledge, and to challenge the rigid and problematic Church teachings that emerged with the Reformation. There is a disconnect, he argues, between the language of traditional worship and the language of the twenty-first century. Bridging this divide requires us to rethink and reformulate our basic understanding of God. With its revolutionary resistance to the authority of the Church in the sixteenth century, Spong sees in Luther’s movement a model for today’s discontented Christians. In fact, the questions they raise resonate with those contemplated by our ancestors. Does the idea of God still have meaning? Can we still follow historic creeds with integrity? Are not such claims as an infallible Pope or an inerrant Bible ridiculous in today’s world? In Unbelievable, Spong outlines twelve "theses" to help today’s believers more deeply contemplate and reshape their faith. As an educator, clergyman, and writer who has devoted his life to his faith, Spong has enlightened Christians and challenged them to explore their beliefs in new and meaningful ways. In this, his final book, he continues that rigorous tradition, once again offering a revisionist approach that strengthens Christianity and secures its relevance for generations to come.

History and Heresy

History and Heresy
Author: Jospeh F. Kelly
Publsiher: Liturgical Press
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2012-10-01
ISBN: 0814659993
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

History and Heresy Book Excerpt:

God is beyond time, but every person is firmly planted in it. History impacts us endlessly, including the ways we understand the church and its teachings. This has been the case since the time of the earliest believers. In History and Heresy, Joseph F. Kelly considers heresies and the historical forces that shaped them. In his customarily engaging style, he demonstrates that historical forces and human beings of particular historical eras play a major role in how both orthodoxy and heresy come into being and how they are understood. Far from reducing orthodoxy and heresy to historical forces, he shows rather that a grasp of the historical context of both is essential in understanding them and especially in determining what might be orthodox or heretical. Joseph F. Kelly, PhD, is professor of religious studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. His books include The Feast of Christmas, The Origins of Christmas, The Ecumenical Councils of the Catholic Church, and others, al published by Liturgical Press.

Why Christianity Must Change or Die

Why Christianity Must Change or Die
Author: John Shelby Spong
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2009-10-13
ISBN: 0061756121
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why Christianity Must Change or Die Book Excerpt:

An important and respected voice for liberal American Christianity for the past twenty years, Bishop John Shelby Spong integrates his often controversial stands on the Bible, Jesus, theism, and morality into an intelligible creed that speaks to today's thinking Christian. In this compelling and heartfelt book, he sounds a rousing call for a Christianity based on critical thought rather than blind faith, on love rather than judgment, and that focuses on life more than religion.

Contemporary Halakhic Problems

Contemporary Halakhic Problems
Author: J. David Bleich
Publsiher: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
Total Pages: 410
Release: 1977
ISBN: 9780881254747
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Contemporary Halakhic Problems Book Excerpt:

Heresy and the Formation of the Rabbinic Community

Heresy and the Formation of the Rabbinic Community
Author: David M. Grossberg
Publsiher: Mohr Siebeck
Total Pages: 292
Release: 2017-06-21
ISBN: 9783161551475
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Heresy and the Formation of the Rabbinic Community Book Excerpt:

Publisher's description: Between the first and sixth centuries C.E., a community of rabbis systematized their ideas about Judaism in works such as the Mishnah and the Talmud. David M. Grossberg reexamines this community's gradual formation as reflected in polemical texts. He contends that these texts' primary aim was not to describe real rabbinic opponents but to create and enforce boundaries between rabbis and others and within the developing rabbinic movement.

The Easter Moment

The Easter Moment
Author: John Shelby Spong
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 100
Release: 2010-11-09
ISBN: 0062047965
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Easter Moment Book Excerpt:

The Easter Moment tells the moving story of Spong's friendship with a young physician dying of cancer and how that relationship shed new light on the years of study the author has devoted to the great mystery of what actually happened on that long-ago Easter when the whole history of the human race was changed. Spong is willing to ask tough and searching questions and to come up with startling and significant answers to what happened after death that first fateful Easter, and what that means for thinking about life after death today.

Re Claiming the Bible for a Non Religious World

Re Claiming the Bible for a Non Religious World
Author: John Shelby Spong
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2011-11-08
ISBN: 0062098691
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Re Claiming the Bible for a Non Religious World Book Excerpt:

In Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World, bishop and social activist John Shelby Spong argues that 200 years of biblical scholarship has been withheld from lay Christians. In this brilliant follow-up to Spong’s previous books Eternal Life and Jesus for the Non-Religious, Spong not only reveals the crucial truths that have long been kept hidden from the public eye, but also explores what the history of the Bible can teach us about reading its stories today and living our lives for tomorrow. Sarah Sentilles, author of Breaking Up With God: A Love Story, applauds John Shelby Spong’s Reclaiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World, writing that “pulsing beneath his brilliant, thought-provoking, passionate book is this question: can Christianity survive the education of its believers?…A question Bishop Spong answers with a resounding yes.”