[Living in Sin? A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality] E–pub ´ John Shelby Spong

Living in Sin? A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality

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Ain this book evidences the Bishop at his best being years ahead of his time than a full uarter century in this case in advocating for a spiritually evolved form of Christianity that is life enhancing and affirming forto allWhat s perhaps a touch sad and evealing us is that the book also exposes the Bishop s naivete one of
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predictions at the time that it would take a decade or so for his forward thinking to be widely accepted As we know we Cardinal Patrick O'donnell, 1856 1927 re just now beginning to grapple with these issues both spiritually and politically The fact that gay marriage is not universally supported in either our churches or our society and the laws that bind it attests to just howevolutionary and important this workbookevolved spirituality was and isSo it s truly groundbreaking spiritual work and worth a thoughtful and considered as well as Alien: Covenant Origins reverentead It s not perfect there are a few patches in which the context is unnecessarily dense andor the discussion is datedclearly time bound but it s inspiring to think that Bishop Spong was challenging us and the church to be so universally loving and inclusive over a uarter century ago is both impressive and motivating He was one of several voices crying ou Though many Evangelicals would probably view many of his thoughts as heretical and though I did not find myself agreeing with all or even most of his ideasI feel that if the Church would embrace the uestions he The Devil's Workshop raises with as much compassion as he exhibits we would impact so many people in a positive way for Christ I do feel that he falls a bit too far into postmodern thinking we all have our own measure of truth or what is holy yetaises important debate about how sexuality affects society in ways than just homosexuality He addresses divorce single Chrisitans pre marital sex the Biblical foundation of gender and other avenues of sexuality Through it all he urges the church to find a open stance to each people at large without arrogance and false pride Though I don t think his uestions have easy or clear one size fits all answers if of us would be willing to discuss the subjects he aises with prayer and with lovethe church and society would be better off Spong helps Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska--Including Extensive Hitherto Unpublished Passages from the Original Journal readers to understand some of the notions of our culture inegard to sexuality Becoming a Police Officer: An Insider's Guide to a Career in Law Enforcement religion the inability toeconcile the two Too many people still see sexuality as something that lives on the dirty side of life s fence Much of that misguided thinking stems from The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone religious trickle down theory Whether one has ever been part of aeligious tradition or had any Bright College Years: Inside the American Campus Today religious training at all doesn t matter No one in modern culture escapes the beliefs that are handed down from preceding generations Though one may think he s immune there are cultural stigmas prejudices which don t make much sense but are nevertheless still prevalent in modern society which have theiroots in eligionJohn Shelby Spong is provocative powerful in his approach to the holiness of life That is how holiness should be Bishop Spong once again makes an appeal to the intellect of the faithful and their leaders "to act and not eact with intelligence ather than fear Sadly it falls upon many a deaf ear "act and not eact with intelligence ather than fear Sadly it falls upon many a deaf ear stone cold heartsSpong addresses many Biblical translation errors mis interpretation and proof texting used to discriminate and oppress women and those with alternative lifestyles I actually loathe the term alternative as it implies that the dominant culture is correct and superior The uestion Why have people and sexuality evolved but not eligion is addressed Why do so many church leaders still judge and damn folks through the lenses of centuries oldBishop Spong does a nice job at taking various parts of Judeo Christian scripture that are used as a penal code by fundamentalists today and walks the Contemporary Film Theory reader through the times and history of each Bible verse It is easy to see why folks misunderstand the Bible in the first place but inexcusable that they do not modify their antiuated and hateful views It is deplorable that we have so called Christians that bear posters and signs declaring GOD HATES FAGS GOD HATES JEWS and other hate speech in today s society Their ways and views are so antithetical to Jesuseported ways that it is just mind numbing that they apply the term Christian to their very beingThe good bishop offers some sound wisdom Tagalog English Dictionary regarding divorce as well I love the liturgy he proposes to have a Divorce Ceremony for couples who have exhausted. Ort gay and lesbianelationships Should congregations publicly and liturgically witness and affirm divorces Should the church's moral standards continue to be set by patriarchal males Bishop Spong proposes a pas. If you are in any way interested in the ever crushing Christian eligious debate surrounding homosexuality this book "Is Really Phenomenal Especially Considering "really phenomenal Especially considering early it is in this debate of the broader Church mid 80s I think Spong s challenge to THE Church about the debate on sexuality is Baby Elephant Gets Lost refreshing even 25 years into this soul numbing argument Spong is thoughtful and even handed though a few chapters drag on and he is In a pattern that by now is becoming typical if not expected with Spong he organizes the book in three parts Part I The Revolution Part II The Bible Part III Some New Proposals As an appendix he includes the Report of the Episcopal Task Force on Changing Sexuality and Family Life 1986 There is a 4 page bibliography and a 4 page index Notes are included at the end of each chapterChapter 1 is entitled Setting the Stage I uote the opening linesSome people willegard this book as a book about sex I 100 Themes de Conversation en Francais regard it as a book about prejudice For centuries sexual attitudes sexual taboos and sexual practices have been used by dominant groups in society to keep others subordinate Those who possess power define those who are powerless and then impose their own definition on the ones defined The guiding principle is to en I love this book I wish there was a way to make this mandatoryeading for everyone who claims to be a Christian Bishop Spong shakes the bones of every Christian tradition elating to women sex sexuality and gender and asks us to wake up and ethink these traditions on the basis of the world we NOW live it Some of what is here will be shocking BUT if you follow his esearch and logic you will likely be persuadedIn his epilogue Spong states I can take consolation from the fact that people like me who love the church and yet dare to uestion the church s conventional wisdom can over a long enough period of time make a vital difference Written in 1988 some of what he proposed has already begun to take effect Much of it is still waiting to be implemented To put a fine point on it this book evidences Bishop John Shelby Spong at his best being years ahead of his time than a full uarter century in this case in advocating for a spiritually evolved form of Christianity that is life enhancing and affirming forto allIn the spirit of full disclosure this has to be the eighth or ninth book by Bishop Spong that I ve ead so I m both a fan and a follower In my experience his wisdom is deep both in terms of its profundity and its volume This book is further evidence thereofA little bit of back story may be helpful Ostensibly this book is the Bishop s public esponse to a study on sexuality that was commissioned in his diocese book is the Bishop s public esponse to a study on sexuality that was commissioned in his diocese his encouragement back in the mid 1980s Its purpose is to be thoughtful about how to evolve the Episcopal church s approach to sexuality generally and also specifically with The Back House Ghosts respect to three groups of people unmarriedpre married young people gay and lesbian et al people and post marrieddivorced adultsIn some sense the study is a helpful pretext for the Bishop to suggest new approaches to some of the church s most alienating theological interpretations and the policies thatesulted from them Specifically the Bishop considered the church s then current approaches to pre marital sex homosexuality and post marital sex anachronistic ineffective and dehumanizing Suffice it to say that even as the Sexual Revolution of the 60s and 70s was cooling in no small part due to the contagion of the AIDS epidemic of the 80s very few people observed the celibacy that was the church s only prescription for the members of these three groups In part the Bishop felt compelled to address these issues because he has wanted to stem the ebb of the church s influence and clearly feels that the church should indeed play a Haven: A Graphic Novel role in helping people to address so cardinal aealm of their beingspiritual lives as their sexualityAnd he does a nice job of setting the context explaining why and how the world has changed and therefore why and how the church s theologypolicyteaching has to evolve as well In sum he believes that an active sexual elationship can indeed be holy outside of marriage and elucidates some common sense and accessibly spiritual guidelines for this to be the caseWhich all sounds sort of Duh to us now except that this book was published in 1988 over 25 years ago when such humane and spirit affirming wisdom was truly cutting edge to put it nicely Ag. Is celibacy the only moral alternative to marriage Should the widowed be allowed to form intimate elationships without The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction remarrying Should the churcheceive people who identify as LGBT into its community and supp. Other means for the salvation of their marriage no pun intended The liturgy and description of said ceremony is simply beautiful and heart wrenching I will be adding this to the list of services that I offer as an Interfaith PastorSpong takes the infamous three things to not discuss at a party sex politics and eligion an Interfaith PastorSpong takes the infamous three things to not discuss at a party sex politics and eligion meets them head on with theological maturity and wisdom There is a lot that people can learn from this book We have come far but not far enough in our treatment and espect for others Hiding behind a cross and the anger of a god is no longer fair nor acceptable behaviourThe school of literalism needs to be closed once and for all It has and continues to destroy families and society Listen to the All Loving Christians around you as they discuss those people and judge and ostracize folks that don t think like they do Didn t their Jesus associate with the marginalized of the world WWJD I think gag and shake his head in shame over his followers that hijacked his views and turned them into dogmatic hatred Being on the people that the church typically loses unmarried college educated 20s this book Impaired: A Nurse's Story of Addiction reignited my interest in the Church I found it hard to believe that the creator of physics of science of biology of all these amazing things wouldeally tell me that as a woman I need to find some man to serve that I should keep uiet in church that if we women want to get married later in life after our career we should The Forever Court (Knights of the Borrowed Dark really be celibate We should hate our homosexual friends beautifulelationships I uestion everything I ead and want to know the background and context of everything why should the Bible be excluded Spong informs the eader of how the Bible itself has been accepted in different ways by the Gentiles who could not be Christians according to the "Jewish law Inclusivity had to begin once the Bible became universal A literal eading of the Bible is impossible because of "law Inclusivity had to begin once the Bible became universal A literal eading of the Bible is impossible because of contradictions but this doesn t take away from the Bible The Word of God is esolute in wanting to us love each other accept each other etcI truly believe that if we don t begin at least to lean toward the way Spong allows for us to interpret the Bible With the same academic detail with which we study other literature the Bible can truly persevere for ages We can discard the gender biases that made women property that asks us to be celibate for decades that asks us to stay in unhappy marriages Does that eally sound in line with a God who says throughout the Bible we should seek fuller lives Marriage wasn t the same when lifespans were around 40 years Lifespans have doubled sexuality no longer means procreation If we keep attempting to indoctrinate future generations with these ideas which are strange now to our new Einatmen, Ausatmen reality we will lose every person of my demographic Just like the adhering to the Jewishule had to be expanded to include the eality of a universal eligion we need to also Lightfoot the Historian: The Nature and Role of History in the Life and Thought of J.B. Lightfoot (1828-1884) as Churchman and Scholar realize the life andeality can still be moral through the interpretation of the Word of God not the word of man I ead this book a couple of decades ago so I m going off of memory here Bishop Spong is one of the first eligious leaders I ever heard speak of homosexuality without judgment At the time I ead this book I was in my early twenties in a committed lesbian elationship When people would ask me what my Dahmer Detective: The Interrogation and Investigation That Shocked The World religious beliefs were I d cross my fingers and say Jesus and I are like that But organizedeligion bugs me Frankly I felt unwelcome in most churches I grew up listening to people talk about how the Bible says homosexuality is a sin My friends in high school and I were bullied and threatened with death by our peers for being gay or bi or uestioning All these years later it s still a crazy harsh world we live in but it s getting better for kids who are gay or bi or uestioning I can t wait to 20th Century Photography: Museum Ludwig Cologne reead this book and see how I feel about it today Highly ecommended to open minds Another ace in the hole for Spong Oh how I am hoping the Christian church will wake soon and once and for all begin practicing acceptance and inclusiveness instead of the opposite Spong faces touchy subjects in this book and offers eaders another perspective A The Scruffy Drunk: The Wife in Space, Volume 2 realistic view of what iseally going on in this world today with it s problems Christians need a fresh approach for the issues of modern day I believed that what Spong shares in this book does just that Five big fatty stars means that this one is a GOOD Mise En Sc�ne: Cin�ma Et Lecture rea. Toralesponse based on scripture and history to the changing Deathless realities of the modern world He calls for a moral vision to empower the church with inclusive teaching about eual loving nonexploitativeelationship. ,


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