The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love

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HarperCollins, Apr 12, 2005 - Religion - 315 pages
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In the history of the Western World, the Bible has been a perpetual source of inspiration and guidance for countless Christians. However, this Bible has also left a trail of pain. It is undeniable that the Bible is not always used for good. Sometimes the Bible can seem overtly evil. Sometimes its texts are terrible.

Bishop John Shelby Spong boldly approaches those texts that have been used through history to justify the denigration or persecution of others while carrying with them the implied and imposed authority of the claim that they were the "Word of God." As he exposes and challenges what he calls the "terrible texts of the Bible", laying bare the evil done by these texts in the name of God, he also seeks to redeem these texts, hoping to recover their ultimate depth and purpose. Spong looks specifically at texts used to justify homophobia, anti-Semitism, treating women as second-class humans, corporal punishment, and environmental degradation, but he also delivers a new picture of how Christians can use the Bible today. As Spong battles against the way the Bible has been used throughout history, he provides a new framework, introducing people to a proper way to engage this holy book of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

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I've read many Spong books, and they all tend to overlap quite a bit. I wish that he'd space his books out a bit more so that he isn't repeating himself so much. This book was novel mostly in the ... Read full review

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John Shelby Spongwas the Episcopal Bishop of Newark for twenty-four years. Since then he has taught at Harvard, Drew, the University of the Pacific and the Berkeley Graduate Theological Union. Selling over a million copies, his books include Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World, Eternal Life: A New Vision, Jesus for the Non-Religious, Why Christianity Must Change or Die and his autobiography, Here I Stand. His weekly online column reaches thousands of sub-scribers all over the world. He lives with his wife, Christine, in Morris Plains, New Jersey.

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