My wife and my daughter have told me repeatedly that I should be more open and honest about my own beliefs and understanding about Christianity. While I have always been honest in my writing I have avoided certain controversial subjects for fear that some would be offended. My daughter specifically suggested that I write a series entitled “What Christianity Gets Wrong”. There is a real sense of freedom here–a sense of finally being really authentic about something that is very important to me. I know that many of the points made in this video are things I have said in private again and again. I know also that these issues have alienated me from the church for most of my adult life.
John Shelby Spong, retired Episcopal bishop from Newark, N.J., was interviewed by Keith Morrison on Dateline NBC on August 13, 2006. In this interviews Spong makes a number of excellent points about religion in general and Christianity in specific. It is tempting for me to comment here on each of those points, because I personally think he is dead on with each of them. At some point I may very well do that, but here I think it is best to let Spong speak for himself.
Join the conversation! I would love to hear your thoughts about any and all of the issues Spong raises, both positive and negative.