The Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, retired Episcopal Bishop of Newark, NJ with Rev. Welton Gaddy in 2013

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –

Humbly, we submit that this weekend’s show is one not to be missed! We’ll address the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Conservatives are demanding that the president forgo his obligation to nominate a replacement. We’ll get attorney and rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson’s take on what this means politically and ethically. Jay’s written articulately on the issue for the Daily Beast in a column headlined, GOP Cynicism on the Supreme Court Reaches a New Low. We’ll get a personal take as well. Jay’s been in the courtroom to hear Justice Scalia in person, and has written about the impact of his approach in articles such as Argle-Bargle: What Justice Scalia Still Doesn’t Get About Marriage.

Also, we’ll take a look at Justice Scalia’s lasting impact on religious freedom and the law with Brent Walker, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. BJC’s statement on Justice Scalia’s passing is available online. And just last month, Dr. Walker wrote about Justice Scalia and government neutrality.

And Bishop John Shelby Spong is out with another provocative book. He’ll be back with us to discuss Biblical Literalism – A Gentile Heresy: A Journey Into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew’s Gospel. Bishop Spong is the acclaimed author of 25 books, including Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism.

Plus an unusual theological take from Welton Gaddy on the responsibilities of citizenship – and of civility – in a democracy.

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