Living in Sin? A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality E–book/E–pub


Living in Sin? A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality

review ë eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ø John Shelby Spong

Bishop Spong once again makes an appeal to the intellect of the faithful and their leaders to act and not The King's Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of Thomas Wolsey react with intelligenceather than fear Sadly it falls upon many a deaf
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and stone heartsSpong addresses many Biblical translation errors mis interpretation and proof texting used to discriminate and oppress women and those with alternative I actually loathe the term alternative as it implies that the dominant culture is correct and superior The Why have people and sexuality evolved but not The Lupus Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families religion is addressed Why do so many church leaders still judge and damn folks through the lenses of centuries oldBishop Spong does a nice job at taking various parts of Judeo Christian scripture that are used as a penal code by fundamentalists today and walks theeader through the times and history of each Bible verse It is easy to see why folks misunderstand the Bible in the first place but inexcusable that they do not modify their antiuated and hateful views It is deplorable that we have so called Christians that bear posters and signs declaring GOD HATES FAGS GOD HATES JEWS and other hate speech in today s society Their ways and views are so antithetical to Jesus When I Grow Up, I'm Going to Play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers reported ways that it is just mind numbing that they apply the term Christian to their very beingThe good bishop offers some sound wisdomegarding divorce as well I love the liturgy he proposes to have a Divorce Ceremony for couples who have exhausted other means for the salvation of their marriage no pun intended The liturgy and description of said ceremony is simply beautiful and heart wrenching I will be adding this to the list of services that I offer as an Interfaith PastorSpong takes the infamous three things to not discuss at a party sex politics and eligion and meets them head on with theological maturity and wisdom There is a lot that people can learn from this book Is celibacy the only moral alternative to marriage Should the widowed be allowed to form intimate elationships without Die Zarin remarrying Should the churcheceive people who identify as LGBT into its community and supp. ,
E have come far but not far enough in our treatment and espect for others Hiding behind a cross and the anger of a god is no longer fair nor acceptable behaviourThe school of literalism needs to be closed once and for all It has and continues to destroy families and society Listen to the All Loving Christians around you as they discuss those people and judge and ostracize folks that don t think like they do Didn t their Jesus associate with the marginalized of the world WWJD I think gag and shake his head in shame over his followers that hijacked and shake his head in shame over his followers that hijacked #VIEWS AND TURNED THEM INTO DOGMATIC #and turned them into dogmatic If you are in any way interested in the ever crushing Christian eligious debate surrounding homosexuality this book is eally phenomenal Especially considering how early it is in this debate of the broader Church
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80s I Spong s challenge to THE Church about the debate on sexuality is efreshing even 25 years into this soul numbing argument Spong is thoughtful and even handed though a few chapters drag on and he is above all compassionate If only the ELCA had Nosferatu read this 25 years ago we could all have been saved the heartache of a legacy of exclusivity Though many Evangelicals would probably view many of his thoughts as heretical and though I did not find myself agreeing with all or even most of his ideasI feel that if the Church would embrace the uestions heaises with as much compassion as he exhibits we would impact so many people in a positive way for Christ I do feel that he falls a bit too far into postmodern thinking we all have our own measure of truth or what is holy yet Snuggle Up, Little One: A Treasury of Bedtime Stories raises important debate about how sexuality affects society in ways than just homosexuality He addresses divorce single Chrisitans pre marital sex the Biblical foundation of gender and other avenues of sexuality Through it all he urges the church to find a open stance toeach people at. Ort gay and lesbian elationships Should congregations publicly and liturgically witness and affirm divorces Should the church's moral standards continue to be set by patriarchal males Bishop Spong proposes a pas. Large without arrogance and false pride Though I #don t think his uestions have easy or clear one size fits all answers if of us would #t think his uestions have easy or clear one size fits all answers if of us would willing to discuss the subjects he The Jive Talker raises with prayer and with lovethe church and society would be better off Iead this book a couple of decades ago so I m going off of memory here Bishop Spong is one of the first Gargantuan religious leaders I ever heard speak of homosexuality without judgment At the time Iead this book I was in my early twenties in a committed lesbian Wolfgang relationship When people would ask me what myeligious beliefs were I d cross my fingers and say Jesus and I are like that But organized Publishing Women: Salons, the Presses, and the Counter-Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Italy religion bugs me Frankly I felt unwelcome in most churches I grew up listening to people talk about how the Bible says homosexuality is a sin My friends in high school and I were bullied and threatened with death by our peers for being gay or bi or uestioning All these years later it s still a crazy harsh world we live in but it s getting better for kids who are gay or bi or uestioning I can t wait toe Wurr 3 (Wurr read this book and see how I feel about it today Highlyecommended to open minds I love this book I wish there was a way to make this mandatory Кракатит reading for everyone who claims to be a Christian Bishop Spong shakes the bones of every Christian traditionelating to women sex sexuality and gender and asks us to wake up and ethink these traditions on the basis of the world we NOW live it Some of what IS HERE WILL BE SHOCKING BUT here will be shocking BUT you follow his esearch and logic you will likely be persuadedIn his epilogue Spong states I can take consolation from the fact that people like me who love the church and yet dare to uestion the church s conventional wisdom can over a long enough period of time make a vital difference Written in 1988 some of what he proposed has already begun to take effect Much of it is still waiting to be implemented. Toral Das überforderte Gehirn: Mit Steinzeitwerkzeug in der Hightech-Welt response based on scripture and history to the changingealities of the modern world He calls for a moral vision to empower the church with inclusive teaching about eual loving nonexploitative elationship.

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