John Shelby Spong’s final book “Unbelievable”

Why Christianity Is No Longer Believable - And How We Can Change That



Five hundred years after Martin Luther and his Ninety-Five Theses ushered in the Reformation, bestselling author and controversial bishop and teacher John Shelby Spong delivers twelve forward-thinking theses to spark a new reformation to reinvigorate Christianity and ensure its future.

At the beginning of the sixteenth century, Christianity was in a state of crisis, riven by conflicts that gave birth to the Reformation. Martin Luther’s movement was later followed by a “revolutionary time of human knowledge.” Yet these philosophical and scientific advances had little impact on Christians’ adherence to doctrines developed before these intellectual advances—which is why Christianity has become “unbelievable” today.

Bible scholar and Episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong contends that the slow withering of the traditional church makes it imperative for Christians to develop a radically new kind of Christianity—a faith deeply connected to the human experience instead of outdated dogma. To keep Christianity vital, he urges modern Christians to update their faith in light of these advances in our knowledge and to challenge the rigid and problematic church teachings that emerged with the Reformation.

With its revolutionary resistance to the authority of the church in the sixteenth century, Luther’s movement can still serve, according to Spong, as a model for today’s discontented Christians. In fact, while the Reformers’ answers have become outdated and irrelevant, their questions can still serve to guide us today: Does the idea of God still have meaning? Can we still follow historic creeds with integrity? Are not such claims as an infallible pope or an inerrant Bible ridiculous in today’s world? In Unbelievable, Spong outlines twelve “theses” to help today’s believers more deeply contemplate and reshape their faith.

In this final book of his storied career, Spong continues to integrate a rigorous scholarly tradition with the Christian faith and so offers a new approach, one that challenges Christians to explore their beliefs in new and meaningful ways.
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“If you choose just one book of John Shelby Spong’s, then choose Unbelievable…. Here is something different that asks us to think deeply, ‘live fully, love wastefully, and be all that we can be.’”
Peter Francis, Warden and Director of Gladstone’s Library

“Essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of humanity and Christianity.”
The Very Reverend Gregory C. Jenks, Ph.D., Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton

“For those seeking to extricate themselves from the confusion of conventional Christianity’s creeds and dogmas, Unbelievable distills an honest and demanding vision for a 21st Century faith.”
Rev. David M. Felten, co-author of Living the Questions

“Spong presents clearly worded, yet powerful, assessments of the past and possible future of Christianity. The institutional Church will have painful adjustments to make if it wrestles seriously with his critique, but many individual believers will find his words both startling and comforting. Using a model of Theses (only 12!), he peels away the unbelievables of Christianity’s claims, and closes with his personal testimony of belief. This is a book sure to spark intense personal soul-searching, and deep conversations within the larger Church.” —Shannon McMaster, Manager, The Bookman

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