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John Shelby Spong ¼ 0 Free download Download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¼ John Shelby Spong Review Eternal Life A New Vision Beyond Religion Beyond Theism Beyond Heaven and Hell Drawing on a lifetime of wisdom New York Times bestselling author and controversial religious leader John Shelby Spong con. An imperfect book with some valuable insightsTwo stars for the introductory chapters on death These are awesome perspective Life gets meaning because it s finiteOne star for Spong s atheistic argument against religion One of priesthood makes the case that some of the things we do in the name of The Lord are just plain silly when you get right down to it Worse they cause harm Unlike some other fabulous books from the atheist perspective The God Delusion Breaking the Spell The End of Faith Letter to a Christian Nation etc this one actually has a chance of being picked up by the religious and not thrown immediately down in a big huffSpong loses two stars for the remaining 13rd of the book where he goes right off the rails by coming back to religion while simultaneously rejecting ithe gets very confusing only a clumsily bastardized form of it that s one shake spiritualism and one shake Gospel only properly as he interprets it He totally falls down here by failing to recognize or give up that you don t need religion for some of the underlying ideas in that last portion to be validBy rejiggering religion and holding up the taped remains of the Bible he d previously shredded he s only succeeding in giving the same kind of vapid indefensible backing to ideas that just might deserve some real honest consideration By re invoking religion in support of his grand spiritualist vision he leaves adherents vulnerable to the same types of coercion and defrauding to which they were just previously vulnerable before they tossed aside their Bibles I got the distinct sense here that Spong didn t have a coherent sense of where he was going or what he was doing with his ideas He was thinking about it fresh on paper maybe he wanted to write it out fast lest it not be written at all he is a rather elderly man after allIn the end I don t buy his concepts Eternal Life TRUE eternal life experience of the uniue one ness of the universal ground of all being which surrounds us and penetrates us and binds us to the tree the rock the land the ship Use what you ve learned save you it can Okay I jest here but what claptrapThe reuired redefinition of life and eternity become almost a joke just to make the book s title work I get the sense Spong himself doesn t really even buy it completely or it d be easier for him to communicateWhat I do buy is the notion that we are eternal in the sense that while we live we produce impacts that affect others no matter what our station in life We are affected have the lives we have in part do to the actions of long dead humanity mostly nameless and faceless and totally unknown some known to history some select few personally close friends and relatives We in turn each create ripples through our lives that impact others starting with the people who are close to us and via strings of impacts one person to the next our impact is felt directly or indirectly large or infinitesimal upon the rest of humanitySo our eternal life is the lasting impact we have by striving to live as best we are able It s not really a mystery You can think deeply and think about how our self conscious experience emerging from the same basic matter that makes up the rest of the universe might be one way for the universe to know about itself Yeah that has a certain satisfaction a certain aesthetic to itWe don t need a carefully rehashed version of Christian dogma to support it It s self evident once you ve experienced enough life and gained enough knowledgeKudos but no stars for the epilogue where Spong deals with the uestion of euthanasia and the right to die In addition to being an atheist I m also a libertarian I believe I own myself My consciousness lives here in this body It homesteads it it s the only thing that can Therefore my body is its rightful property I can choose to use my property any way I see fit barring interference with the rights of others to use their propertyI can sell it I can lease it out I can conserve it I can remodel and fortify it I can choose to dispose of it as well when it becomes obvious that it can no longer suit me and no good can come from its continued operationIf a government interferes with your ability to use your property as you desire then it s really not yours it s theirs and they re just letting you have some conditional access Of all the things people choose to be offended by for me it s this notion that the Government is the real owner of things and even ourselves that is truly offensiveOn the right to choose to end one s life then my characterization is stark Spong s is beautiful and properI feel like I have traveled beyond this book Even it s atheistic arguments are primitive compared to others I ve read or have just now started reading aboutHowever for anyone dealing right now with death it s opening chapters lend very comforting perspective from someone who has seen and experienced so much death I highly recommend themFor others principally religious individuals who have been trained or otherwise learned to reject anything atheistic Spong s words may have gentle authority enough to get you to let your guard down a bit without comedown or condescension just long enough to let you do some serious thinkingYou might be surprised at your reaction You might be further surprised to realize that casting aside some or all of that religion won t cause the world to end or demons to enrapture you or evil to enter your heart You might be surprised to realize your life become suddenly all the valuable to you once you know fully well how wonderful a gift you have and what you can loose out on by suandering itReview Eternal Life A New Vision Beyond Religion Beyond Theism Beyond Heaven and Hell
John Shelby Spong ¼ 0 Free download Download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¼ John Shelby Spong Review Eternal Life A New Vision Beyond Religion Beyond Theism Beyond Heaven and Hell Tinues to challenge traditional Christian theology in Eternal Life A New Vision In this remarkable spiritual autobiography. I should really give ETERNAL LIFE A NEW VISION 2 stars but because it majorly enlightens me at this moment in life I give it 4Now this is the first of Bishop Spong s that I ve ever read and I can sense that it s definitely not his best and that he s probably expressed most of these ideas in his bajillion other works But ETERNAL LIFE is a great introduction to him because it s an easy to read interesting synthesis a spiritual autobiography combined with an interpretive spiritual biography of humanity Also it is very brief though often repetitive and he wrote it in retrospection at like age 78So Spong is pretty pretentious Somehow this did not deter me from liking him He s articulate earnest and unafraid he genuinely loves his readers and he s very passionate aboutJesusFirst he takes us on a highly personal tour of his own spiritual evolution I could totally identify with him even as someone who did not grow up with religion He put into words a lot of the things I ve been struggling with recently and pointed precisely to the reasons for them so that I was like OMG EXACTLY Now I can break free srslyLater Spong takes us through an overview of the history of the universe our evolution the development of religion and into the post modern post Christian Western world of the present Though oversimplified and probably not without errors and funky interpretations history science are areas of intense interest for him but certainly not areas of expertise it s a fascinating picture to contemplate I especially enjoyed his insight into the blessing burden of our self consciousness as a speciesHis relationship to the Bible is complicated and loving and unapologetically postmodern Something that I most strongly disagreed with is his belief that all religious metaphors symbols of the past are officially unfulfilling and should be left behind Personally I don t mind referring to God or the earth as a paternalmaternal figure because while it s a limited conception it is at least one facet of things that we can relate to as human beingsBasically Spong thinks we need to move beyond traditional religion which belongs to the childhood of our humanity Secularism is a necessary step and the next is to embrace a new kind of religion that is about oneness He redefines worship God and other religious concepts for a humanity that is realizing the blessing of its self consciousness instead of fleeing from its mortality I found myself pretty convinced by his overall thesis Obviously each individual should move through these stages at their own pace but societyculture as a whole can prepare for a shiftSpong now believes that God is the Ground of All Being and the universal consciousness He sort of jumped into this very suddenly in the narrative by talking about the mystics And his belief seems to be based in an intuitive subjective knowing I wish he d explained it better but it must be something that you have to experience for yourself so my new goal in life is to be a mystic lolOverall a small thought provoking book that I would recommend with my whole heart to critical thinkers and religious seekers who are feeling a little stuck and alone
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John Shelby Spong ¼ 0 Free download Download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¼ John Shelby Spong Review Eternal Life A New Vision Beyond Religion Beyond Theism Beyond Heaven and Hell About his lifelong struggle with the uestions of God and death he reveals how he ultimately came to believe in eternal li.
- Eternal Life A New Vision Beyond Religion Beyond Theism Beyond Heaven and Hell
- John Shelby Spong
- 14 February 2018