Back in August 2008 I noted a fine essay on Bishop Spong's "phantom religious faith" by Eric Von Salzen over at "The Anglican Centrist." Today I've come across another critical take by "The Reformed Pastor," this time in response to Spong's March 20th "On Faith" column for The Washington Post entitled "Losing Faith in Old Traditions."
The "Reformed Pastor" quickly diagnoses the theological emptiness and absurdities at the heart of Spong's negative certainty:
Spong may not have a clue what he believes, but he is absolutely, positively certain of what he doesn’t believe: anything even remotely connected with historic, biblical Christianity. ...
So our “current faith systems” bear no resemblance whatsoever to a reality that is hopelessly beyond any of us anyway, but they shouldn’t be abandoned. They should apparently be propped up for the sake of the children of all ages who can’t stand to be without their fairy tales. I can’t think any other reason not to abandon the frauds that Spong claims all of the world’s religions are. In fact, it’s obvious that if Spong is right about the nature of God, there’s no reason to pay Him any more mind, since He hasn’t revealed Himself to us, is incapable of relationship with us, and is no more relevant to our existence than King Arthur or Elmer Fudd. ...
This is meaningless gibberish. Surely if the world’s religions, including Christianity, have nothing to tell us about “God,” whatever that is, then there is no meaningful sense in which they can be the “means through which we journey.” If they haven’t got a clue where we’re going, why should we want to walk the paths they lay out? For that matter, how can we “walk into the mystery of a God” whom we cannot know in any sense? And what does that mean, anyway?
Read it all.