Bishop Spong on Coming to Self Awareness- Video

Published on Jul 3, 2014

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Coming To Self Awareness with Bishop Spong

About the expert:
Bishop Spong, whose books have sold more than a million copies, is a retired bishop of the Episcopal Church and is a visiting lecturer at Harvard and at universities and churches worldwide.


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Review & Commentary

  • Please check your captions for Bishop Spong’s interview, they make no sense at all! I am profoundly deaf and probably not alone…..

  • Judy Isaacson

    This is unbelievably difficult to follow. Bishop Spong is a shadowy figure bobbing around, barely visible on the split screen, and one must regulate the volume at times when he speaks and then turn it down when the interviewer, who is plainly visible, speaks. I have yet to finish listening to the interview simply because of the difficulty of seeing and hearing the Bishop. Highly unsatisfactory presentation.

  • Having tried putting the captions on, I agree with Sue Oldfield. They seem to have been written by a wholly unintelligent machine, and bear very little relationship to what Bishop Spong is saying. If you are going to put the interview on the internet with the useful addition of adding the text as subtitles, it is only a matter of courtesy to your viewers to ensure that the text makes sense, and preferably shows what the Bishop is saying, or something like it. One can see the difference on television between live broadcasts, where the subtitles are sometimes some way from what the speaker has said (though I have never met one as bad as this), and sometimes are filmed programmes, whether Poirot or Midsomer Murders or BBC historical factual programmes, in which case someone has taken the trouble to compose subtitles which correspond, or very nearly correspond, with what is being said in the programme. This interview with Bishop Spong is not live, it is badly filmed, and nobody has taken the trouble to write captions which make sense or represent what Bishop Spong is saying. In my view it is a disgrace, which reflects very badly on Progressive Christianity who don’t seem to care that anyone should be able to benefit from a properly presented interview which could have been very informative and educational.

    • Timothy Andrew

      The subtitles feature on YouTube is their creation not ours. The CC feature attempts to decode the audio and display text. It is not a perfected system. We do not have captions available for this video.

      Sorry for the confusion.