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The Fractal Theology of

   
   

Bishop John Spong

   

 

 

 

Fractal: (c) 1977 Earl L. Hinrichs

St. John John Spong
In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.... And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us....

John 1: 1-2, 14

The Bible never says in a simplistic way that Jesus is God.... The Bible only says that what God is, Jesus is; that God is met in Jesus; that to see Jesus is in some sense to see God.

Why Christianity Must Change Or Die, P. xi

John Vs. John in Brief

The Apostle John, writer of the Gospel bearing his name, primarily addressed the philosophers of his day here and told them that those things which they had believed in abstract had been made concrete in Jesus Christ.  Bishop Spong's fundamental message to the church is that what the church has always believed in concrete should now be believed in abstract.

We can view the rest of the Apostle John's writings as support documentation to that single claim.  We can also view Bishop John's writings as being support documentation to support his single claim.  Those two claims are contradictory claims.

The Church has always debated these questions.   Who and what is Jesus?  And the Church has always sided with the Scriptures, which teaches that Jesus on earth was remaining in a form of God (Philippians 2).   What can be a form of God but God?

In the final analysis, then, Bishop Spong's writings contradict what is clearly taught through the basic message and principles of the Scriptures and Bishop Spong's writings do not deserve the consideration they have received from the Christian Community.

Ronald G. Currell, 1/15/1999

   
   

Sponsored by: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Sweetwater, TX

   
   

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