Faith Middleton Show: Eternal Life

John Shelby Spong answers the question - is there life after death?

Eternal Life: A New Vision
Faith Middleton Show: Eternal Life
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Faith Middleton Show: Eternal Life

Bishop John Shelby Spong, author of Jesus for the Non-Religious, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Sins of Scripture, and many other books, is known for his controversial ideas and fighting for minority rights. In Eternal Life: A New Vision, a remarkable spiritual journey about his lifelong struggle with the questions of God and death, he reveals how he came to a new conviction about eternal life. God, says spong, is ultimately one, and each of us is part of that oneness. We do not live on after death as children who have been rewarded with heaven or punished with hell but as part of the life and being of God, sharing in God’s eternity, which is beyond the barriers of time and space. spong argues that the discovery of the eternal can be found within each of us if we go deeply into ourselves, transcend our limits and become fully human. By seeking God within, by living each day to its fullest, we will come to understand how we live eternally.

Always compelling and controversial, Spong, the leading Christian liberal and pioneer for human rights, wrestles with the question that all of us will ultimately face. In his final book, Spong takes us beyond religion and even beyond Christianity until he arrives at the affirmation that the fully realized human life empties into and participates in the eternity of God. The pathway into God turns out to be both a pathway into ourselves and a doorway into eternal life. To Job’s question “If a man (or a woman) dies, will he (or she) live again?” he gives his answer as a ringing yes!

(From the book jacket)



Interview with Bishop Shelby Spong

I heard this interview while driving on I-95 and I have listened to it several times and am now reading his book - there is so much to appreciate in this interview and book - highly recommend both! Many thanks Faith!

Interview with John Shelby Spong

Ms. Middleton,

I was on my way to work when I heard the closing minutes of this interview. I made a mental note to download the broadcast as soon as I had time. This morning was the time and I say, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHMEN. Amen. So much of what Bishop Spong talked about resonated for me. For example: I have a degree in Physics and I’m convinced that the study towards and the tribulations while obtaining that degree led me back to Christianity. I, too, am certain that there is such a thing as mental telepathy; in the ways and for the reasons he described. It has happened too often in my life to ignore.

Thank you for the interview. I look forward to reading Eternal Life (and his other works).