By John Shelby Spong

ISBN-10: 006236233X

ISBN-13: 9780062362339

A world and pioneering chief of innovative Christianity and the bestselling writer of Why Christianity needs to swap or Die and Eternal Life explains why a literal analyzing of the Gospels is really heretical, and the way this fallacious thought basically entered the church as soon as Gentiles had driven out the entire Jewish fans of Jesus.

A guy who has consciously and intentionally walked the trail of Christ, John Shelby Spong has lived his complete lifestyles contained in the Christian Church. during this profound and thought of paintings, he bargains a thorough new option to examine the gospels at the present time as he exhibits simply how deeply Jewish the Christian Gospels are and what sort of they mirror the Jewish scriptures, heritage, and styles of worship. Pulling again the layers of a long-standing Gentile lack of knowledge, he finds how the church’s literal studying of the Bible is thus far faraway from those unique Jewish authors’ purpose that it truly is an act of heresy.

Using the Gospel of Matthew as a consultant, Spong explores the Bible’s literary and liturgical roots—its grounding in Jewish tradition, symbols, icons, and storytelling tradition—to clarify how the occasions of Jesus’ lifestyles, together with the virgin start, the miracles, the main points of the fervour tale, and the resurrection and ascension, could were understood through either the Jewish authors of a number of the gospels and by way of the Jewish audiences for which they have been initially written. Spong makes transparent that it used to be purely after the church turned absolutely Gentile that readers of the Gospels took those tales to be real, distorting their unique meaning.

In Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy, Spong illuminates the gospels as by no means earlier than and gives a greater blueprint for the longer term than the place the church’s leaden and heretical analyzing of the tale of Jesus has led us—one that permits the devoted to reside contained in the Christian tale within the sleek international.

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30 % wollten sogar einmal ein Wunder erlebt haben. Gleichwohl hielten in der Umfrage von 2006 50 % der Bevölkerung den christlichen Glauben für wichtig und zeitgemäß. Die Zukunftserwartungen für die Religion waren freilich nicht günstig. 2009 glaubten 18 % der befragten Bevölkerung das Religion wichtiger werden würde, während 29 % ihre Rolle in der Zukunft eher für weniger wichtig erachtete. Die Umfrageergebnisse werden günstiger für die Religionen, wenn man die Begriffe „religiös“ und „spirituell“ unterscheidet.

In der Gesellschaft werden immer nur die anderen als „Sektenmitglieder“ oder gar „Sektierer“ bezeichnet. Nur so war es zu verstehen, dass ca. 80 % bei einer Telefonumfrage unter 33000 Leuten fast 80 % dafür votierten, die Sekten zu verbieten. Wichtiger als die Terminologie der Selbstbezeichnung erschien die Frage, wann die Bundestagskommission einen staatlichen Handlungsbedarf feststellen darf. Dieser entsteht nur durch gesellschaftliche Wechselwirkungen der Ablehnung der sozialen Umwelt und des totalen Engagements von Gruppenmitgliedern.

A 2009: 22). Deconversion zeigt etwa bei der neuen Attraktivität des Islam für einen Teil der deutschen Jugend seine multi-dimensionale Perspektive. Das Verlassen der alten Kirche ist bei dieser Minderheit gerade nicht die Flucht in die A-religiosität. Der organisatorische Niedergang wird vielfach als logische Folge einer funktionalen Differenzierung der Sozialstruktur gedeutet, der zu einer Privatisierung der Religion, als Kernstück einer Privatisierung des Lebens in modernen Gesellschaften führt (Luckmann 1991: 179).

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