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Breath of Fresh Air, 28. Juli 2000
Spong's message is not new to me but his growing popularity is - it gives me great hope that the American people are becoming aware of the awful truth that the Bible is not the literal "Word of God". This misconception has so dominated American Politics and Society that I had become resigned to the idea that it would never change. It is too comfortable and too reassuring to have an absolute authority around to prescribe an absolute solution to every problem. But to me it is positively frightening. I am a physicist and teacher but I am aware of the mysterious, the unexplainable, the beauty of life. I am also old and facing the end of my own life. Intellectually I understand that we are nothing, in a magnificent nothing - but there is a presence beside me that assures me that that is also untrue. I long for people who are willing to explore that assurance, to try to fathom that disturbing voice within that, despite the odds against, we have meaning beyond the grave. Bishop Spong is one of those people and I treasure his writings.