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Jesus for the Non-Religious

John Shelby Spong

Writing from his prison cell in Nazi Germany in 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian, sketched a vision of what he called "Religionless Christianity." In this book, John Shelby Spong puts flesh onto the bare bones of Bonhoeffer's radical thought. The result is a strikingly new and different portrait of Jesus of Nazareth, a Jesus for the non-religious. Spong challenges much of the traditional understanding, from the tale of Jesus' miraculous birth to the account of his cosmic ascension into the sky. He questions the historicity of the ideas that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, that he had twelve disciples, or that the miracle stories were ever meant to be descriptions of supernatural events. He also speaks directly to those critics of Christianity who call God a "delusion" and who describe how Christianity has become evil and destructive. Spong invites his readers to look at Jesus through the lens of both the Jewish scriptures and the liturgical life of the first century synagogue. He proposes a new way of understanding the divinity of Christ as the ultimate dimension of a fulfilled humanity. Jesus for the Non-Religious may be the book that finally brings the pious and the secular into a meaningful dialogue, opening the door to a living Christianity in the post-Christian world. Read by Alan Sklar Preface, prologue, and epilogue read by the Author

Writing from his prison cell in Nazi Germany in 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian, sketched a vision of what he called "Religionless Christianity." In this book, John Shelby Spong puts flesh onto the bare bones of Bonhoeffer's radical thought. The result is a strikingly new and different portrait of Jesus of Nazareth, a Jesus for the non-religious. Spong challenges much of the traditional understanding, from the tale of Jesus' miraculous birth to the account of his cosmic ascension into the sky. He questions the historicity of the ideas that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, that he had twelve disciples, or that the miracle stories were ever meant to be descriptions of supernatural events. He also speaks directly to those critics of Christianity who call God a "delusion" and who describe how Christianity has become evil and destructive. Spong invites his readers to look at Jesus through the lens of both the Jewish scriptures and the liturgical life of the first century synagogue. He proposes a new way of understanding the divinity of Christ as the ultimate dimension of a fulfilled humanity. Jesus for the Non-Religious may be the book that finally brings the pious and the secular into a meaningful dialogue, opening the door to a living Christianity in the post-Christian world. Read by Alan Sklar Preface, prologue, and epilogue read by the Author
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Writing from his prison cell in Nazi Germany in 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian, sketched a vision of what he called "Religionless Christianity." In this book, John Shelby Spong puts flesh onto the bare bones of Bonhoeffer's radical thought. The result is a strikingly new and different portrait of Jesus of Nazareth, a Jesus for the non-religious. Spong challenges much of the traditional understanding, from the tale of Jesus' miraculous birth to the account of his cosmic ascension into the sky. He questions the historicity of the ideas that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, that he had twelve disciples, or that the miracle stories were ever meant to be descriptions of supernatural events. He also speaks directly to those critics of Christianity who call God a "delusion" and who describe how Christianity has become evil and destructive. Spong invites his readers to look at Jesus through the lens of both the Jewish scriptures and the liturgical life of the first century synagogue. He proposes a new way of understanding the divinity of Christ as the ultimate dimension of a fulfilled humanity. Jesus for the Non-Religious may be the book that finally brings the pious and the secular into a meaningful dialogue, opening the door to a living Christianity in the post-Christian world. Read by Alan Sklar Preface, prologue, and epilogue read by the Author

Language:

English

Narrators:

Alan Sklar

Length:

12h 23m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

18:59


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

21:40


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

27:04


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

33:28


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

30:50


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

41:22


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

27:57


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

28:55


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

23:45


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

23:06


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

24:22


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

35:22


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

12:56


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

21:54


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

22:36


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

30:25


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

23:50


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

29:38


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

32:43


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

13:11


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

35:48


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

34:36


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

24:13


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

44:39


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

32:06


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

41:00


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

06:17


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

00:47