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Unbelievable : why neither ancient creeds nor the Reformation can produce a living faith today

Author: John Shelby Spong
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2019. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First HarperCollins paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"Five hundred years after the Reformation, Christianity is once again in crisis-- clinging to outdated concepts and tenaciously defending dogmas formed before major advances in human thought. The result: many judge the faith 'unbelievable.' In this, his final book, bestselling author and Episcopal bishop John Selby Spong outlines twelve theses to help us discover a Christianity that can serve as a powerful and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Shelby Spong
ISBN: 9780062641304 0062641301
OCLC Number: 1034619328
Description: xvi, 319 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Part I. Setting the stage. Why modern men and women can no longer be believers --
Part II. Stating the problem. How the first Reformation began --
Differentiating the experience from the explanation --
Part III. Thesis 1 : God. The challenge of the Copernican revolution --
The impact on theism from Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin --
Dealing with the insights of Freud --
A place to begin--being not a being --
The quest for God : a new form --
Our definition of God : evolving, never fixed --
Part IV. Thesis 2 : Jesus the Christ. Escaping the idolatry of the Incarnation --
The collapse of the salvation story --
Part V. Thesis 3 : Original sin. The Garden of Eden --
Part VI. Thesis 4 : The virgin birth. The story of the virgin birth --
The actual details behind Jesus' birth --
Part VII. Thesis 5 : Miracles. When miracles entered the Bible --
The miracles in the Moses/Joshua story --
Elijah and Elisha--miracles expanded --
The miracles of Jesus --
Messiah miracles--the final clue --
Part VIII. Thesis 6 : Atonement theology. Renouncing "Jesus died for my sins" --
Incomplete--not fallen --
Part IX. Thesis 7 : Easter. The Resurrection --
Paul's list of Resurrection witnesses --
The Gospels' understanding of Easter --
Part X. Thesis 8 : The Ascension. Elijah magnified --
Part XI. Thesis 9 : Ethics. Finding the basis for ethics --
How the Ten Commandments have changed through history --
Meet Moses' father-in-law --
The questionable relevance of the Ten Commandments today --
Modern ethics --
Part XII. Thesis 10 : Prayer. The death of prayer --
Prayer : an act of being or of doing? --
Driving power toward a new understanding --
Part XIII. Thesis 11 : Life after death. Life after death--still believable? --
A new perspective on eternity --
Part XIV. Thesis 12 : Universalism. The marks of tomorrow's Christianity --
Part XV. Epilogue. My mantra : this I do believe.
Other Titles: Why neither ancient creeds nor the Reformation can produce a living faith today
Responsibility: John Shelby Spong.

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"Five hundred years after the Reformation, Christianity is once again in crisis-- clinging to outdated concepts and tenaciously defending dogmas formed before major advances in human thought. The result: many judge the faith 'unbelievable.' In this, his final book, bestselling author and Episcopal bishop John Selby Spong outlines twelve theses to help us discover a Christianity that can serve as a powerful and contemporary resource for living in the twenty-first century." -- Back cover.

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