Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith
By John Shelby Spong
Spong is an Episcopal priest and theologian who has written many books. In this book, he puts forth 12 ‘theses’—essays—which address today’s crisis in Christianity, much like Luther’s 95 Theses addressed the crisis in the Medieval Church. Among the ’theses’ are: God, Jesus, and Original Sin.
As his daughter, who has a PhD in physics, told him: “Dad, the questions that the church keeps trying to answer, we don’t even ask anymore.”
Five hundred years ago, The Reformation ushered in the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, where scientists and philosophers saw their work as exploring the wonders of God’s creation.
The church jailed Galileo. The Inquisition was not officially ended until the 1950s. And the church is still trying to sell medieval ideas, like an infallible Pope.
Though most Protestant theologians admit that the only inerrant Bible would be found in ‘the original MSS’, which have never be found, they treat their favored translations as ‘inerrant’. To Spong, if the church does not catch up to the paradym shifts that it put into motion 500 years ago, the church will soon be ‘history’.