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Published on Apr 10, 2016
John Shelby Spong was bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, New Jersey for 24 years before his retirement in 2001. His admirers acclaim he is a teaching bishop who makes contemporary theology accessible to the ordinary layperson. He is considered the champion of an inclusive faith by many, both inside and outside the Christian church. A visiting lecturer at Harvard and at universities and churches worldwide, Bishop Spong delivers more than 200 public lectures each year. His bestselling books include "Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism", "A New Christianity for a New World", "Why Christianity Must Change or Die", and "Here I Stand" (John Shelby Spong website: http://johnshelbyspong.com/). Bishop Spong's lecture at the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Springfield, Illinois reflect the subject of his most recent work “Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy” (HarperCollins Publishers, 2016).