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Born of a Woman (Paperback)

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John Shelby Spong, bestselling author and Episcopal bishop of Newark, NJ, challenges the doctrine of the virgin birth, tracing its development in the early Christian church and revealing its legacy in our contemporary attitudes toward women and female sexuality.

About the Author

JOH SHELBY SPONG was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark before his retirement in 2000. As a visiting lecturer at Harvard and at universities and churches throughout North America and the English-speaking world, he is one of the leading spokespersons for liberal Christianity. His books include "Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World"; "Eternal Life: A New Vision"; "Jesus for the Non Religious"; "Sins of Scripture"; "A New Christianity for a New World"; "Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism"; "Resurrection: Myth or Reality?"; "Why Christianity Must Change or Die"; and his autobiography, "Here I Stand". He has initiated landmark discussions of controversies within the church and has become an outspoken advocate for change. Visit the author online at

Praise For…

“How a one-sided portrayal of the Mother of God has been used to keep real women under wraps.”
-Clarissa Pinkola Estés, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves

“Spong restores a flesh-and-blood humanity to the mother of Jesus.”
-Ron Hansen, author of Mariette in Ecstasy

“A marvelous combination of scholarly, speculative, and imaginative reflection written in language accessible to the theologically unsophisticated. Highly recommended.”
-Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060675233
ISBN-10: 0060675233
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: September 17th, 1994
Pages: 272
Language: English