John Shelby Spong

John Shelby "Jack" Spong is a retired American bishop of the Episcopal Church. His best-selling books include "Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism," "A New Christianity for a New World," "Why Christianity Must Change or Die," and "Eternal Life."

Stories by John Shelby Spong

Catholic beliefs shouldn’t be imposed on non-Catholics

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

We have postponed the day of economic reckoning

A deal President Obama struck with Republican leaders last week will extend tax cuts across the board including, controversially, to … Continued

God’s plan for the O’Donnell campaign?

Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told the Christian Broadcasting Network last week that that she believes it was God … Continued

Immigration: Am I my brother’s keeper?

Illegal immigrants are flouting U.S. laws, but does affluent America (or Arizona for that matter) have a larger moral or … Continued

Bias against child abuse and systematic cover-ups

Q:A senior Vatican priest last week compared outrage at Pope Benedict’s handling of sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church … Continued

Ordination does not = immunity from prosecution

Q:Should Pope Benedict XVI be held responsible for the escalating scandals over clerical sexual abuse in Europe? Should he be … Continued

None of Us Now Possesses the Whole Truth

Part 18 of the OnFaith Forum “Disbelief in the Pulpit.”

The Church can’t have it both ways

Q: If a church or other religious charity receives government funding, should it follow all government rules, including those against … Continued

Unconstitutional, un-American and un-Christian

Should the U.S. military repeal its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy? Homosexuality is a religious issue only in the sense … Continued

Pat Robertson’s dated theology

Q: Many have criticized Pat Robertson’s suggestion that the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti was the work of the devil or … Continued

Bias against the uninformed and pious

Q: Is there widespread media bias against Christianity? Against evangelicals such as Brit Hume and Sarah Palin? Against public figures … Continued

Welcome back to medieval times

The recently passed law in Ireland against blasphemy, which threatens $35,000 fines for any person who “publishes or utters matter … Continued

War is failure

War always represents failure in foreign policy. In a pre-missile, pre-atomic bomb, pre-civilian victims of warfare era, people argued for … Continued

Ignorance won’t repair climate

Q: In response to Sarah Palin’s recent claims that climate change is based on “junk science and doomsday scare tactics … Continued

Which God do Humanists reject?

Q: What do you think of the American Humanist Association’s new “Godless Holiday” campaign? The ads will say: “No God? … Continued

Faith-based blackmail

Q: U.S. Catholic Bishops are defending their direct involvement in congressional deliberations over health-care reform, saying that church leaders have … Continued

Ecclesiastical kindergarten games

In the recent communication between the Pope, Benedict XVI, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, which will allow Anglicans … Continued

Why are We in Afghanistan?

Q: Eight years after the U.S. attacked Afghanistan, fighting continues. Religious extremists in the Taliban and al-Qaeda retain significant power … Continued

The Best ‘Case for God’

What makes the best ‘case for God’ to a skeptic or non-believer, an open-minded seeker, and to a person of … Continued

Rage About the Transfer of Power

Why are people so angry and belligerent, and so willing to express their anger publicly? Why has our civil discourse … Continued