Books / Material Covered in this Study Guide:
Rediscovering the Teaching of Jesus by Norman Perrin
There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Wayne Dyer
Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God by Jack Miles
Jesus Before God by Hal Taussig
Re-Imagine the World: An Introduction to the Parables of Jesus by Bernard Brandon Scott
The Once and Future Faith by the Jesus Seminar
Emptiness & Brightness by Don Cupitt
Honest to God by John Robinson
Honest to Jesus by Robert Funk
The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg
Yeshua: A Model for Moderns by Leonard Swidler
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Natural Grace by Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake
The Dishonest Church by Jack Good
Christianity Without God by Lloyd Geering
The Kingdom Within by John Sanford
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Process Theology: A Basic Introduction by Robert C. Mesle and John Cobb, Jr.
Godless Morality by Richard Holloway
The Sins of Scripture by John Shelby Spong
The Spiral Staircase by Karen Armstrong
God’s Politics by Jim Wallis
Doubts and Loves: What is Left of Christianity by Richard Holloway
The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
A New Spiritual Home: Progressive Christianity at the Grass Roots by Hal Taussig
John Shelby Spong Articles : A Discussion Guide
Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels
Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman’s Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine by Sue Monk Kidd
What did you think of the book? Did it affect you? What did you like? Dislike?
What are your impressions about Jesus scholarship (Chapters I and V especially)? How do you feel about knowing that most of the teachings ascribed to Jesus actually stemmed from the early church?
How would you compare Perrin’s book and ideas to those of Breech? For example, which interpretation of Matthew 11:16-19 about the children playing do you like the best (Perrin pp. 85, 120; Breech p. 22)? Why? Or compare the Prodigal Son (Perrin p. 94; Breech p. 184). Or compare the Sower (Perrin p. 155; Breech p. 89).
Did you get a sense of the theological interpretations of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Paul or at least that they have them? What do you think about that? What do you think about the pervasiveness of their belief in an imminent apocalypse?