June 16, 1931 – September 12, 2021.
Thank you, Brother John Shelby Spong!
for your free, innovative, inspiring, prophetic theology!
There are few theological giants who shape the way that entire generations relate to their sacred texts. Bishop John Shelby Spong, through his intelligence, kindness, and love of scripture, did just that. Bishop Spong showed Christians who were ready to give up on their faith an authentic, intellectually honest approach to biblical interpretation that allowed many to remain engaged in their faith communities while demanding more theological rigor from both the pews and the pulpit.
His life’s work was pivotal to empowering Christians to delve more deeply into their questions and not to accept easy answers and half-truths. His impact on the theological landscape of Christianity cannot be overstated.
While Christians all over the world mourn his death, Bishop Spong wrote, “I prepare for death by living.” He knew whatever waits for us beyond this life is beyond our knowledge or control, so we must focus on living the best life we can in the here and now. His life was well-lived and genuine. “Death is ultimately a dimension of life through which we journey into timelessness,” he reminded us. He has now transitioned into timelessness and will be deeply missed.
(Progressive Christian Movement)
God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew, or a Muslim,
or a Hindu, or a Buddhist.
All of those are human systems which human beings have created
to try to help us walk into the mystery of God.
I honour my tradition, I walk through my tradition,
but I don’t think my tradition defines God,
I think it only point me to God
(John Shelby Spong)