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By John Shelby Spong

In this boldest e-book for the reason that Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Bishop John Shelby Spong bargains a compelling view of the Gospels as completely Jewish tests.Spong powerfully argues that the various key Gospel debts of occasions within the lifetime of Jesus—from the tales of his beginning to his actual resurrection—are now not actually precise. He bargains convincing facts that the Gospels are a set of Jewish midrashic tales written to express the importance of Jesus. This striking discovery brings us in the direction of how Jesus used to be fairly understood in his day and will be in ours.

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The first group recognized that their pursuit of truth did in fact call the traditional doctrines of the Church into question. Hence, if they confined their scholarship to erudite tomes that would never reach the reading public, they were simply ignored. But if they wrote for a popular audience or gained some public notoriety, they were quickly marginalized, harassed, or removed from their positions of authority. This group includes such people as Hans Rung, Charles Curran, Edward Schillebeeckx, Rosemary Ruether, Matthew Fox, Elisabeth Schiissler Fiorenza, Leonardo Boff, John Dominic Crossan, and Uta Ranke-Heinemann.

After Darwin, human beings began to recognize that, in contradistinction to the popular Christian assumptions, there has never been a human perfection from which we have fallen away. There has been rather only the evolution of a higher consciousness that has occurred over billions of years and in which Homo sapiens are still participating. So it becomes meaningless for theologians to talk about the Fall or even about original sin. There can be no fall from a perfect creation in the garden of Eden if there has never been a perfect creation.

This was an easier approach for the Roman Catholics than it would have been for Protestants because scripture has never been a major source of Catholic authority. Critical biblical scholarship did not invade Catholic consciousness until the twentieth century. It is a bit easier to ignore the erosion of biblical authority if you have historically down-played the Bible. Authority for Rome had been located in the Church's official teaching, residing in the magisterium and operating underneath the infallibility vested in the papal office.

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