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10 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Shelby Spong. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Shelby Spong, often where they are interviewed.

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10 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Shelby Spong. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Shelby Spong, often where they are interviewed.

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Mythical Jesus: 023: John Shelby Spong – Value Beyond Biblical Literalness

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Today We sit down with Bishop John Shelby Spong.  Jack is a retired American bishop of the Episcopal Church. From 1979 to 2000 he was Bishop of Newark (based in Newark, New Jersey). He is a liberal Christian theologian, religion commentator and author. He calls for a fundamental rethinking of Christian belief away from theism and […]

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Jan 14 2019 · 1hr 10mins
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Mythical Jesus: 023: John Shelby Spong – Value Beyond Biblical Literalness

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Today We sit down with Bishop John Shelby Spong.  Jack is a retired American bishop of the Episcopal Church. From 1979 to 2000 he was Bishop of Newark (based in Newark, New Jersey). He is a liberal Christian theologian, religion commentator and author. He calls for a fundamental rethinking of Christian belief away from theism and traditional doctrines.  We talk to Bishop Spong about his life, his own faith journey, and what he sees as the problems with Christian fundamentalism.  We talk about how dynamic growth is not the measuring stick for is a Christian Church is healthy.  We talk about the deconstruction of one’s faith and how one can stay in the spiritual wrestle and not throw in the towel even as one’s religious framing falls apart.  If you have not ever heard of Bishop Spong can we suggest several enlightening venues to get to know him better?

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Bishop Spong’s views on Jesus, the gosepl, and the New Testament

Bishop Spong’s Criticism of Biblical Literalness

Bishop Spong’s recasting the story of Jesus

Debate between Bishop Spong and James White.  This debate is a great model of of two intelligent and informed people coming to a discussion holding different developmental ground.  One is a very Binary/outer authority/literal believer and the other anon-literal, nuanced/with Inner authority.

Books by Bishop John Shelby Spong:

Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy: A Journey into a New Christianity

Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks to Believers In Exile

Jesus for the Non-Religious

Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy

Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today

Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World


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Jan 01 2019 · 1hr 10mins
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Christ Of Faith: 023: John Shelby Spong – Value Beyond Biblical Literalness

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Today We sit down with Bishop John Shelby Spong.  Jack is a retired American bishop of the Episcopal Church. From 1979 to 2000 he was Bishop of Newark (based in Newark, New Jersey). He is a liberal Christian theologian, religion commentator and author. He calls for a fundamental rethinking of Christian belief away from theism and […]

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Jan 01 2019 · 1hr 7mins
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The Theology of John Shelby Spong

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This past week we had the great pleasure to host a lecture with questions and answers by John Shelby Spong. Jack, as he likes to be called, is a retired Bishop in the Episcopal Church and author of 25 books on religion. He gave a powerful presentation which was attended by over 250 people. Today, both for those who attended and those who couldn't, I will highlight some of his vision of religion, which is a cutting edge worldview built on non-literalism and inclusion.
Apr 17 2016 · 34mins
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I'M A LOSER: Middle America and Losing Hell: Loser Keith, John Shelby Spong & Carlton Pearson

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In this episode, we take our first phone call from a loser, discuss middle America, and whether losing hell is a good idea or not.

I don't know if there is a heaven or hell. I used to be certain there was, but these days I am not so sure. After reading the scriptures in context more than ten times, I don't see it speak of a heaven, but of a recreated earth, and there doesn't seem to be a hell, but more of an existence apart from God. Which for many of us reading this post, probably sounds pretty good.

I don't claim to be a theologian, but I used to. I don't claim to be well educated, but I used to think I was. I have already been labeled a heretic by my old church, received hate mail and fighting messages from pastors, all while joyfully accepted my apostate reality, but am I going to hell? I don't think I should care anymore. At least, I don't want to.

I have recently come to the conclusion that trying to live like there is a hell is of no help to the fulfillment or joy to be found in my life. It only makes me wonder who is in and who is out. So fuck it.

A fellow Loser sent me this to me after his therapy session he just finished,

"I had an insane therapy breakthrough today. We talked about the podcast and my time at Mars Hill the whole time. The two mind-blowing bullet points: 1 - Literally no one has authority over you, there are only people who try to exert power over you, and 2 - It’s perfectly acceptable to be pissed off, and I quote my therapist, 'to tell all those motherfuckers to fuck off forever.' "

One place we know the doctrine of heaven and hell works to control and manipulate is in religion. It keeps people, contained, controlled, and pliable to the institutions needs and desires. It keeps people coming to church and inviting others with them. The more and more distance my life has from "church" the freer I feel, and the more clarity I feel I have. I am free to explore, to live life on a journey of discovery, and to enjoy the journey's of others, without judgment.

Hell as an Invention of the Church

John Shelby Spong retired Episcopal bishop from Newark, N.J., interviewed by Keith Morrison on Dateline, NBC, August 12, 2006.

DATELINE NBC: To Hell and Back, Parts 1-4

After learning Greek and Hebrew to read the original manuscripts of the scripture, then famous evangelical megachurch pastor Carlton Pearson began to find discrepancies. He soon became to disbelieve in the doctrine of hell and began speaking about, what he called, "The Gospel of Inclusion." He lost everything because of it.

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Mar 28 2016 · 33mins
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John Shelby Spong, The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic

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Bishop John Shelby Spong has sold over a million books.  He has been an outspoken advocate for religious literacy and social change in regards to race, gender, and sexuality.   In 2013 he published his latest book , The Fourth Gospel:  Tales of a Jewish Mystic.    Bishop Spong found this gospel “almost repellent” because it has been used to foster an outdated pre-modern view of God, religious exclusivism, literalism, and anti-semitism.  But when it is seen through the eyes of Jewish mysticism, it comes alive in a relevant way for 21st century seekers.

Oct 24 2013 · 28mins
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John Shelby Spong - Jesus for the Non-Religious - 04/19/07

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John Shelby Spong - Jesus for the Non-Religious - 04/19/07 by westminsterforum
Oct 16 2013 · 51mins
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John Shelby Spong: “Can Christianity Survive the Prejudice of Christians? A Revolution in Faith and Ethics”

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Nov 15 2012 · 1hr 11mins
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Burke Lecture: John Shelby Spong

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A pre-eminent voice for liberal Christianity, John Shelby Spong was the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark for 24 years before his retirement in 2000. His admirers acclaim his making contemporary theology accessible to the ordinary lay person—he's considered a champion of an inclusive faith by many both inside and outside the Christian church. His challenges to the church have also made him a target of hostility, fear, and death threats. Calling himself "a joyful, passionate, convinced believer in the reality of God," he seeks not to create a new religion, but to reform the church he loves. Series: "Burke Lectureship on Religion and Society" [Humanities] [Show ID: 9117]
Jan 10 2005 · 1hr 23mins
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Burke Lecture: John Shelby Spong

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A pre-eminent voice for liberal Christianity, John Shelby Spong was the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark for 24 years before his retirement in 2000. His admirers acclaim his making contemporary theology accessible to the ordinary lay person—he's considered a champion of an inclusive faith by many both inside and outside the Christian church. His challenges to the church have also made him a target of hostility, fear, and death threats. Calling himself "a joyful, passionate, convinced believer in the reality of God," he seeks not to create a new religion, but to reform the church he loves. Series: "Burke Lectureship on Religion and Society" [Humanities] [Show ID: 9117]
Jan 10 2005 · 1hr 23mins