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John Shelby Spong

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John Shelby Spong: In Memoriam; Are There Any Completely Anti-Heretical Manuscripts?

The Bart Ehrman Blog Podcast

The first reading (post published Oct 9, 2021) Dr. Ehrman xxx the passing of John Shelby Spong. In the second reading (post published Oct 13, 2015) Dr. Ehrman answers a blog members’s question re the existence of manuscripts that are consistently anti-heretical. Join the blog at https://ehrmanb.log.org/ and read up to 6 new posts each week and every post in the archives. Your entire minimal cost of membership goes to charity. https://ehrmanblog.org/john-shelby-spong-in-memoriam/ https://ehrmanblog.org/are-their-any-completely-anti-heretical-manuscripts/


10 Oct 2021

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John Shelby Spong - biskup ateista czy młot na fundamentalistów? Rozmowy Stołowe #08

Rozmowy Stołowe

Wracamy po wakacyjnej przerwie! Zapraszamy do wysłuchania naszego ostatniego spotkania (z 23.09) o zmarłym niedawno episkopalnym biskupie Johnie Shelby Spongu. Rozmawialiśmy z Lucasem P. Skurczyńskim - teologiem, publicystą, obecnie jedyną w Polsce osobą, która napisała pracę dyplomową na temat ks. Sponga.  John Shelby Spong (1931-2021) - episkopalny teolog, biskup Newark (w stanie New Jersey), wzywał chrześcijaństwo do reformy (książka "Why Christianity Must Change or Die"), reprezentował wyjątkowe podejście do teologii i osoby Jezusa Chrystusa (książka "Jesus for the non-religiosus"). Sprzeciwiał się fundamentalizmowi chrześcijańskiemu oraz postulował równouprawnienie kobiet i mężczyzn w Kościele. Wywarł ogromny wpływ na sytuację osób LGBT+ w Kościele episkopalnym w USA. Autor wielu książek nt. reinterpretacji klasycznych terminów w teologii chrześcijańskiej

1hr 33mins

30 Sep 2021

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Reflections on the Death of John Shelby Spong (Hank Unplugged Short)

Hank Unplugged: Essential Christian Conversations

Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, reflects on the teachings and recent death of John Shelby Spong, who for many decades influenced a great number of people within the Episcopal Church. Spong was well known for rejecting essential doctrines of the historic Christian faith, including the doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation, Virgin Birth, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. But consider the words of St. Paul, who asked, “If it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you [like Bishop Spong] say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised [as Bishop Spong preached], your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead” (1 Corinthians 15:12–20 NIV).


27 Sep 2021

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On the Passing of John Shelby Spong

Conversations with a Calvinist

On this episode of the podcast, Pastor Keith welcomes back friend of the show Matthew Hinson to discuss the passing of John Shelby Spong. Spong was a liberal bishop in the episcopal church who was well known for abandoning the foundational doctrines of Christian theism. Keith and Matthew read and respond to Spong's 12 "Points of Reform" for Christianity which he published in The Voice, the newsletter of the Diocese of Newark, in 1998. 


22 Sep 2021

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In memoriam of my mentor John Shelby Spong

Auckland Unitarians

In a letter to Robert Hooke in 1675, Isaac Newton wrote: “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants”. The phrase is understood to mean that if Newton had been able to discover more about the universe than others, then it was because he was working in the light of discoveries made by fellow scientists, either in his own time or earlier. I stand on the shoulders of John Shelby Spong and he stood on the shoulders of John A T Robinson, an English New Testament scholar, author and the Anglican Bishop of Woolwich, his friend and mentor. Robinson stood on the shoulders of Paul Tillich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and situational ethicist Joseph Fletcher, when he published a highly controversial book in 1963, Honest to God. Find out more: https://aucklandunitarian.org.nz/in-memoriam-of-my-mentor-john-shelby-spong/


19 Sep 2021

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September 18, 2021 – Remembering John Shelby Spong

State of Belief - Religion and radio done differently.

The progressive faith community lost a giant this week with the passing of the Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, retired Episcopal bishop of Newark, NJ, prolific writer, and a towering figure in fearless, faithful, loving theology for many decades. A champion of gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights, he ordained the first openly gay man to the Episcopal priesthood in 1989, and to his last days never stopped fighting for a more inclusive Christianity. While he had many detractors – as any prophet will – Bishop Spong is named time and again as the writer, the voice and the conscience that helped lead countless despairing Christians back to their faith. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will look back on the life and legacy of John Shelby Spong, who passed away on September 12th at the age of 90. Fourteen years after ordaining the first openly gay man into the Episcopal priesthood, the denomination elected its first openly gay bishop, the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson. Now the retired Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, Bishop Robinson will join Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, to discuss the impact of Bishop Spong’s ministry, now and into the future. A much-in-demand speaker,  Bishop Spong nonetheless found time regularly for State of Belief, and joined Welton to not only give his thoughts on the religion news of the day, but to share his vision of a more inclusive, more loving Christianity. In honor of his memory, we will revisit interviews from 2013, 2009, and 2018. And Welton will share some of his own recollections of Bishop Spong’s impact on his ministry – and his faith. State of Belief is made possible in great part by the generous support of our listeners. Please consider making a donation to help keep us on the air at this critical time. Details can be found at our donations page here.

1hr 20mins

18 Sep 2021

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Diana Butler Bass: White Evangelical Theopolitics, John Shelby Spong, & Jesus

Homebrewed Christianity Podcast

In this episode, Diana Butler Bass joins the pod and we tackle some excellent questions. Here you will get a glimpse of what a QnA session sounds like in our current online learning group Oh God What Now: Christianity 20 years after 9/11. The class itself is 6-weeks and features a weekly session with Diana Butler Bass and Brian, along with occasional QnA sessions like this. You can join live or watch the archived video/audio, and plus it is ‘pay-what-you-can’ (including 0). We hope you consider thinking through it all with us. Here are a few links from things we mention in the episode… If you enjoy the QnA, then consider joining the class for more – Oh God What Now: Christianity 20 Years After 9/11. Head over HERE to check out Diana’s recent newsletter breaking down the recent data on American Evangelicals. To get other sweet newsletter posts from Diana join the Cottage here. In the episode, we discuss two collections of data. First is this recent study from PEW Research Center and then this study from PRRI looking at the partisan divide on perspectives about 1/6. We both mention our love for this particular John Shelby Spong book. I mention how much of loved The Eyes of Tammy Faye – a movie you should check out.

1hr 33mins

17 Sep 2021

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Preventing Grace Podcast: John Shelby Spong and The Episcopal Church

Preventing Grace Podcast – Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd

Matt and Anne discuss the death of Bishop John Spong, his influence on The Episcopal Church, and the damage done when a denomination will not dare to discipline. Download Audio

13 Sep 2021

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

Mormon Discussion: An Honest Search For Truth

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 … Continue reading "Mythical Jesus: 023: John Shelby Spong – Value Beyond Biblical Literalness" The post Mythical Jesus: 023: John Shelby Spong – Value Beyond Biblical Literalness appeared first on Mormon Discussion by Bill Reel.

1hr 10mins

14 Jan 2019

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

Mormon Discussions Podcasts – Full Lineup

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? Resources: 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 Become a Premium Subscriber: Monthy:  $3 Yearly:  $25$50$100$250 Support the podcast by purchasing from Amazon HERE. The post Mythical Jesus: 023: John Shelby Spong – Value Beyond Biblical Literalness appeared first on Mormon Discussions Podcasts - Full Lineup.

1hr 10mins

1 Jan 2019