Monday, June 12, 2006

John Shelby Spong

Read this article on Spong and his beliefs (the article likes him) and you will realize why the Episcopalian church is self destructing. This is a good follow up from the previous post.

  • Theism, as a way of defining God, is dead. So most theological God-talk is today meaningless. A new way to speak of God must be found.
  • Since God can no longer be conceived in theistic terms, it becomes nonsensical to seek to understand Jesus as the incarnation of the theistic deity. So the Christology of the ages is bankrupt.
  • The biblical story of the perfect and finished creation from which human beings fell into sin is pre-Darwinian mythology and post-Darwinian nonsense.
  • The virgin birth, understood as literal biology, makes Christ's divinity, as traditionally understood, impossible.
  • The miracle stories of the New Testament can no longer be interpreted in a post-Newtonian world as supernatural events performed by an incarnate deity.
  • The view of the cross as the sacrifice for the sins of the world is a barbarian idea based on primitive concepts of God and must be dismissed.
  • Resurrection is an action of God. Jesus was raised into the meaning of God. It therefore cannot be a physical resuscitation occurring inside human history.

  • It is little wonder that so many of the "progressive" churches are falling apart. People want to believe in something, and not follow a church that ultimately believes in nothing.

    Link to Article

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