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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User Review  - DubiousDisciple - LibraryThing

The subtitle of this book is Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love. I read this book a few years back, and the reason it came to mind today is because I am feeling overwhelmed ... Read full review

Uncomfortable Truths

User Review  - boru9 - Borders

In this book, Bishop Spong offers an insightful look into exactly what The Bible does and does not say, placing its authors in the context of their time and culture. It is a "must read" for anyone ... Read full review

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John Shelby Spong as a leading spokesperson for an open, scholarly, and progressive Christianity, has taught at Harvard and at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

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