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Choosing a Bishop Spong book for your group


Question & Answer

MaryAnn from the Internet, writes:

I am choosing one of Rev. Spong’s books for our newly formed group. Do you have a suggestion for a particular book?

Thank you for your help.
Answer: By Fred Plumer

Dear Mary Ann,

Boy you are asking a tough question that begs for a good response. I suppose that is why this ended up on my desk. Frankly the choice would depend on the level of sophistication of your group. I believe two books would work if you are moving your group into a new way of thinking, I would start with Why Christianity Must Change or Die or a later book, A New Christianity for a New World written several year later.

If you think your group would like to tackle some specifics, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism or The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic would be terrific reads.

And finally for an overview of how the Bible is been misused, misinterpreted, misleading, Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World. This book was first published in 2010 and reprinted in paper back in 2013. It is considered by some theologians as one of Spong’s best books.

I hope this is helpful. I did narrow it down a bit but it really depends on your audience.

~ Fred Plumer, President

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