John Shelby Spong, the Episcopal Bishop of Newark before his retirement in 2000, has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard and at more than 500 other universities all over the world. His books, which have sold well over a million copies, include Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy; The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic; Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World; Eternal Life: A New Vision; Jesus for the Non-Religious, The Sins of Scripture, Resurrection: Myth or Reality?; Why Christianity Must Change or Die; and his autobiography, Here I Stand. He writes a weekly column on the web that reaches thousands of people all over the world. To join his online audience, go to www.JohnShelbySpong.com. He lives with his wife, Christine, in New Jersey.
"A brilliant challenge to biblical literalism, Bishop Spong reveals
the tragic consequences of idolatry of the written word and why it
matters today. A timely, important book."--Michael Dowd, author of
Thank God for Evolution
"If you're keen for a deeper tracing of its history and inscription, then rush to get your hands on a copy of respected theologian Spong's Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy."--Chicago Tribute Printers Row Journal
"The release of Biblical Literalism - a Gentile Heresy brings him back to State of Belief to talk about his dive into a more contentious area of theology, his potentially-controversial use of the term 'heresy' and the future - and drive towards inclusiveness - of the progressive Episcopal community."--State of Belief Radio
"This exciting book recovers the original meaning behind Matthew's Gospel with profound implications for the way we look at Jesus and follow him today. Spong is a truth-teller who stands up to the ignorance spawned by a 'Gentile Heresy' that has hijacked the story of Jesus for too long."--Matthew Fox, author of Original Blessing