BISHOP JOHN SHELBY SPONG Our guest tonight on Open Minds Open Hearts is Bishop Spong, whose books have sold more than a million copies, he was bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark for 24 years before his retirement in 2001. He’s considered the champion of an inclusive faith by many, both inside and outside the Christian church. We'll talk about his most recent book; Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World Here's what they're saying about his new book: "Spong brings the best of current scholarship to free the Bible from Sunday school naivete and literalistic interpretations. The result is an introduction to the Bible that will engage readers who no longer sit in church pews." -- Andrew D. Scrimgeour. Bishop Spong is not interested in Bible bashing. “I come to this interpretive task not as an enemy of Christianity,” he says. “I am not even a disillusioned former Christian, as some of my scholar-friends identify themselves. I am a believer who knows and loves the Bible deeply. But I also recognize that parts of it have been used to undergird prejudices and to mask violence.” His bestselling books include Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, A New Christianity for a New World, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, and Here I Stand. Tonight's show is hosted by Rev. Sydney Magill Lindquist. This show is sponsored by The Jesus Factory. www.thejesusfactory.com
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