Why Christianity Must Change or Die by John Shelby Spong ?
John Shelby Spong is an Episcopal Bishop based at Newark, New Jersey. He is said to have enjoyed his career, which was filled with a lot of controversy.
He has also been able to tap into an audience of people who were once starving spiritually and, in spite of their curiosity, were unable or unwilling to embrace Christianity.
Spong describes himself as a believer in exile. He believes that the world in which Christianity was made was provisional and limited, especially when looked at in the perspective of progress in technology and knowledge discovered over the past two millennia. This contradicts the beliefs and ideas formulated in 1st century Judea, which are wholly inadequate for humans’ progressive lives and minds today. He believes that he and other Christians will stay in exile until Christianity is redeveloped to a point of doing away with all its old-fashioned and false tenets (Spong 1).
Spong begins Why Christianity Must Change or Die by exploring, line by line, Christian teachings as stated in the Apostles Creed. He then jumps to the epicenter of Christian belief, keenly exploring each aspect, revealing in each case the insufficiencies of Christianity as described in the Bible and the Church traditions. The narration includes Spong’s own creed, and a flashback to reflect the Christian beliefs, relevant to Christianity since the beginning of the twenty first century, according to Spong. The objective of this paper is to explore Spong’s specific arguments in support of his thesis “Why Christianity must Change or Die?” The paper will also provide explanations of his arguments.