John Shelby Spong

[Retired Bishop of Newark]

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John Shelby "Jack" Spong (born June 16, 1931) is a retired American bishop of the Episcopal Church. He was formerly the Bishop of Newark (based in Newark, New Jersey). He is a liberal theologian, religion commentator and author. He calls for a fundamental rethinking of Christian belief away from theism and from traditional doctrines. more »

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  • ''The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.''
    Bishop John Spong (b. 1931), U.S. ecclesiastic, Bishop. Daily Telegraph (London, July 12, 1990).
  • ''I learned early in life that you get places by having the right enemies.''
    Bishop John Spong (b. 1931), U.S. ecclesiastic. Guardian (London, July 20, 1988).
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