Bishop John Shelby Spong presented two public lectures as the 2005 – 2006 Kritikos Professor in the Humanities. On May 24th he spoke on “Who is the Popular God in Public Life in the 21st Century?” in Columbia Hall at the University of Oregon campus.
Bishop Spong, whose books have sold more than a million copies, was the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark for 24 years before his retirement in 2001. His admirers acclaim his legacy as a teaching bishop who makes contemporary theology accessible to the ordinary lay person—he’s considered a champion of an inclusive faith by many, both inside and outside the Christian church. In his latest book, “The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Discover the God of Love” (Harper San Francisco, April 2005), this visionary thinker seeks to introduce people to a proper way to engage the holy book of the Judeo-Christian tradition.