Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today

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About the Author

John Shelby Spong, the Episcopal Bishop of Newark before his retirement in 2000, has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard and at more than 500 other universities all over the world. His books, which have sold well over a million copies, include Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy; The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic; Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World; Eternal Life: A New Vision; Jesus for the Non-Religious, The Sins of Scripture, Resurrection: Myth or Reality?; Why Christianity Must Change or Die; and his autobiography, Here I Stand. He writes a weekly column on the web that reaches thousands of people all over the world. To join his online audience, go to www.JohnShelbySpong.com. He lives with his wife, Christine, in New Jersey.


"[Spong] takes readers back to Martin Luther's original questioning of the Church, asking them to ponder whether or not the idea of God still has meaning. It's easy to understand why his previous books have been best sellers. This one will be no exception."--Retailing Insight
"If you choose just one book of Spong's, then choose Unbelievable. This final book is not only a summation of his life's teaching but a contemporary catechism that addresses the real questions and profound hesitations contemporary people have about Christianity."--Peter Francis, Warden of Gladstone's Library
"Bishop Spong has created just what we needed if we are going to save intelligent Christianity from extinction. I love this book."--Fred C. Plumer, President of The Center for Progressive Christianity
"Episcopalian bishop and prolific writer Spong has penned what he declares to be his final book, encapsulating a lifetime of thinking and teaching in order to call upon Christianity to undergo a transformation."--Kirkus Reviews
"For those seeking to extricate themselves from the confusion of conventional Christianity's creeds and dogmas, Unbelievable distills an honest and demanding vision for a 21st Century faith."--Rev. David M. Felten, co-author of Living the Questions
"Spong makes his arguments in the manner of a cogent, smart preacher or lecturer speaking to all who want to keep Christianity while dispensing with miracles, dogma, and blind faith. Luther launched a reformation with 95 theses. Spong would launch another with 12."--Booklist
"In his final climactic book, Bishop Spong provides us with a primer on his core ideas, a courageous agenda for the future of the Jesus tradition, and some provocative proposals for pursuing that agenda. Essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of humanity and Christianity."--The Very Reverend Gregory C. Jenks, Ph.D., Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton
"Spong's stimulating call for a newly revitalized Christianity will appeal to contemporary Christians who view traditional Christianity as dismayingly outmoded."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A hard-hitting critique of traditional Christianity and as a final attempt by Spong to convince believers to explore their beliefs in new and poignant ways...We stand beside him and all who thirst for a church that is not fearful of inquiry, freedom, and knowledge."--Spirituality & Practice
"His best book . . . He doesn't just tear down; he seeks to put something viable, even substantial in its place."--Insights