PDF Living in Sin? A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality
D this book as a book about sex I regard it as a book about prejudice For centuries sexual attitudes sexual taboos and sexual practices have been used by dominant groups in society to keep others subordinate Those Who Possess Power Define Those Who who possess power define those who powerless and then impose their own definition on the ones defined The guiding principle is to nsure the comfort the convenience the happiness and the well being of the dominant onesBehind prejudice there is also fear We reject that which we cannot manage We condemn what we do not understand We set up a means of control to render powerless those dynamic realities we know to be powerful No aspect of our humanity is invested with anxieties yearning Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time emotions an d needs than is our sexual nature So sex is a major arena in which the prejudice of human beings findsxpressionThis accounts for the anger and One Wild Weekend even the violence thatrupts when sexual control mechanisms are publicly challenged p23All that being said he pretty well covers the waterfront of sexuality inside and outside of one man one woman marriagebetween single persons before marriage or after marriage and divorce or being widowedhomosexuality ordination and leadership of women Forgetful of Their Sex etc Afterssentially a lifetime
Of Experiencing The Church experiencing the church sexuality in a very poor and inadeuate way I find it very refreshing and Naturally Naughty Wicked Willing encouraging to find a churchman whongages the realities all around us and provides some leadership into the futureWhen I read of the current pope s recent uestionaire of his bishops on and provides some leadership into the futureWhen I read of the current pope s recent uestionaire of his bishops on spate of social issues generally dealing with sexual s and attitudes I reflected on the fact that Spong wrote this book addressing these same issues in 1988 25 years ago Is he intelligent and knowledgeable Is he insightful as in prophetically so Is he intellectually honest Is he apparently fearlessly courageous Is he helpful Of courseyesyesyesyes and yes Do I need to say yes again Yes Though many Evangelicals would probably view many of his thoughts as heretical and though I did not find myself agreeing with all or F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby even most of his ideasI feel that if the Church wouldmbrace the uestions he raises with as much compassion as he Walled (The Line, exhibits we would impact so many people in a positive way for Christ I do feel that he falls a bit too far into postmodern thinking we all have our own measure of truth or what is holy yet raises important debate about how sexuality affects society in ways than just homosexuality He addresses divorce single Chrisitans pre marital sex the Biblical foundation of gender and other avenues of sexuality Through it all he urges the church to find a open stance to reach people at large without arrogance and false pride Though I don t think his uestions haveasy or clear one size fits all answers if of us would be willing to discuss the subjects he raises with prayer and with lovethe church and society would be better off Being on the people that the church typically loses unmarried college ducated 20s this book reignited my interest in the Church I found it hard to believe that the creator of physics of science of biology of all these amazing things would really tell me that as a woman I need to find some ma. Ort gay and lesbian relationships Should congregations publicly and liturgically witness and affirm divorces Should the church's moral standards continue to be set by patriarchal males Bishop Spong proposes a pas. ,
Another ace in the hole for Spong Oh how I am hoping the Christian church will wake soon and once and for all begin practicing acceptance and inclusiveness instead of the opposite Spong faces touchy subjects in this book and offers readers another perspective A real I love this book I wish there was a way to make this mandatory reading for veryone who claims to be a Christian Bishop Spong shakes the bones of very Christian tradition relating to women sex sexuality and gender and asks us to wake up and rethink these traditions on the basis of the world we NOW live it Some of what is here will be shocking BUT if you follow his research and logic you will likely be persuadedIn his pilogue Spong states I can take consolation from the fact that people like me who love the church and yet dare to uestion the church s conventional wisdom can over a long nough period of time make a vital difference Written in 1988 some of what he proposed has already begun to take ffect Much of it is still waiting to be implemented Spong helps readers to understand some of the notions of our culture in regard to sexuality religion the inability to reconcile the two Too many
people still see sexuality as something that lives on the dirty side of life s fence Much of that still see sexuality as something that lives on the dirty side of life s fence Much of that thinking stems from religious trickle down theory Whether one has Tempting Fate ever been part of a religious tradition or had any religious training at all doesn t matter No one in modern culturescapes the beliefs that are handed down from preceding generations Though one may think he s immune there are cultural stigmas prejudices which don t make much sense but are nevertheless still prevalent in modern society which have their roots in religionJohn Shelby Spong is provocative powerful in his approach to the holiness of life That is how holiness should be I read this book a couple of decades ago so I m going off of memory here Bishop Spong is one of the first religious leaders I ver heard speak of homosexuality without judgment At the time I read this book I was in my arly twenties in a committed lesbian relationship When people would ask me what my religious beliefs were I d cross my fingers and say Jesus and I are like that But organized religion bugs me Frankly I felt unwelcome in most churches I grew up listening to people talk about how the Bible says homosexuality is a sin My friends in high school and I were bullied and threatened with death by our peers for being gay or bi or uestioning All these years later it s still a crazy harsh world we live in but it s getting better for kids who are gay or bi or uestioning I can t wait to re read this book and see how I feel about it today Highly recommended to open minds In a pattern that by now is becoming typical if not xpected with Spong he organizes the book in three parts part organizes the book in three parts Part The Revolution Part II The Bible Part III Some New Proposals As an appendix he includes the Report of the Episcopal Task Force on Changing Sexuality and Family Life 1986 There is a 4 page bibliography and a 4 page index Notes are included at the nd of Apocalyptic Cartography each chapterChapter 1 isntitled Setting the Stage I uote the opening linesSome people will regar. Is celibacy the only moral alternative to marriage Should the widowed be allowed to form intimate relationships without remarrying Should the church receive people who identify as LGBT into its community and supp.