Excellent book! Bishop Spong reveals how literal interpretations of the Bible have been wrongly used to justify slavery, ban textbooks, deny human rights, subordinate women, and justify war and revenge. "Spong liberates the Bible's message of hope for ALL people". A great read for people who are tired of what has happened to modern Christianity and how the real message has been lost.
Brandi H. (bis4bibliophile) reviewed Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism : A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture on
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You know the tradition in Judaism to not spell out God because God is so awesome. Well..this book is so awesome that it feels like sacrilege to type out awesome in reference to it.
All kidding aside...the title of this book is excellent. I certainly feel like rescue is the proper descriptor for what this book does for those of us that sometimes feel lost on our journey. If you've ever considered yourself a seeker, atheist, agnostic, christian agnostic or lost sheep(or in my case, all of the above)....this may be a book for you.
The Fundamentalists would NOT approve. Spong has written an up-to-date research backed book that is without comparison. He uses terminology and vocabulary that the average person, who may or may not have any expertise in biblical studies, can understand. He has taken the Bible from a "historical" chronicle (which it isn't) into the realm of understanding the faith message within it's pages. Too many persons (of all faiths) have read the bible with the same mentality as reading a biography of Abraham Lincoln..or whomever. Considering the bible was written nearly 2000 years ago, one needs to understand the historical setting of the WRITERS and the TIME FRAME in which it was written. Interpreting the bible with only 20TH century understanding ends up in the fundamentalist column. It's just great book!
Spong does half the job here -- explaining why Fundamentalist insistence on accepting every word of the Bible as literal, God-written truth must inevitably cause thinking people to turn away from belief in the text. But he falters by not being able to come up with a strong justification to believe in the divinity of Jesus or to accept the core teachings.