The Sins of Scripture
Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of LoveBook - 2005
An exploration of biblical passages that are used to justify discrimination, oppression, and violence against minorities, members of other faiths, and the environment seeks to reveal and recover the texts' ultimate depth and purpose.
In the history of the Western World, the Bible has been a perpetual source of inspiration and guidance for countless Christians. However, this Bible has also left a trail of pain. It is undeniable that the Bible is not always used for good. Sometimes the Bible can seem overtly evil. Sometimes its texts are terrible.
Bishop John Shelby Spong boldly approaches those texts that have been used through history to justify the denigration or persecution of others while carrying with them the implied and imposed authority of the claim that they were the "Word of God." As he exposes and challenges what he calls the "terrible texts of the Bible", laying bare the evil done by these texts in the name of God, he also seeks to redeem these texts, hoping to recover their ultimate depth and purpose. Spong looks specifically at texts used to justify homophobia, anti-Semitism, treating women as second-class humans, corporal punishment, and environmental degradation, but he also delivers a new picture of how Christians can use the Bible today. As Spong battles against the way the Bible has been used throughout history, he provides a new framework, introducing people to a proper way to engage this holy book of the Judeo-Christian tradition.
A controversial exploration of biblical passages that are used to justify discrimination, oppression, and violence against women, homosexuals, members of other faiths, children, and the environment seeks to reveal and recover the texts' ultimate depth and purpose, counseling Christians on how to embrace a new vision of how to use the Bible for genuine good and peace. 50,000 first printing.