We’ve got to deal with the fact that the church has been violently prejudiced against gay people. We’ve murdered them; we’ve burned them at the stake; we’ve run them out of town for something over which they have no control. And that’s immoral.
All religion seems to need to prove that it's the only truth. And that's where it turns demonic. Because that's when you get religious wars and persecutions and burning heretics at the stake.
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The Christians tried to separate themselves from the Jewish crowd so they wouldn’t be the recipients of the persecution of the Romans. And the way they did it was to say, the Jews killed our hero too. And so Christians began to define themselves over against the orthodox party of the Jews as a way of surviving against the Roman onslaught.
The God of the Hebrews is a God that human language, we’re not even supposed to speak the holy name. We were told in the Second Commandment we could make no images of this God, and I don’t think that means just building idols, I think that means also trying to believe you’ve captured God in your words, in the Creeds, in the Scriptures.
|Birth:||16th June, 1931|
John Shelby "Jack" Spong was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. He is a retired American bishop of the Episcopal Church. From 1979 to 2000 he was Bishop of Newark. He earned a BA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1952. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 1955. He has held visiting positions and given lectures at major American theological institutions, most prominently at Harvard Divinity School. He has written several books include: Honest prayer, This Hebrew Lord, The Living Commandments, Easter Moment, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, A New Christianity for a New World, The Sins of Scripture, and Jesus for the non-religious.
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