Since retiring as the Episcopal Bishop of Newark, NJ in 2000, the Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong has kept up a busy schedule of travel, public appearances, writing – and challenging longstanding Christian orthodoxy. The release of Biblical Literalism – a Gentile Heresy: A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew’s Gospel, his 25th book, brings him back to State of Belief to talk with Welton about his dive into a more contentious area of theology, his potentially-controversial use of the term “heresy” and the future – and drive towards inclusiveness – of the progressive Episcopal community.

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