Resurrection-denier and all-around heretic extraordinaire John Shelby Spong once again jabs two middle fingers skyward as he revels in the wisdom of this world and holds in low regard the wisdom of God [for relevant Scripture see I Cor. 1:18-2:16] (emphasis mine):
The traditional church always fights every new intellectual insight, making it difficult for educated people not to stray. Recall the fate of Galileo in the 17th Century. Observe how the church still fights Darwin with such silly things as intelligent design. Look at the present debate in the church over homosexuality in which people use a definition of homosexuality that is no longer saluted anywhere in scientific or medical circles upon which to justify their prejudice. When knowledge collides with traditional faith change is inevitable. I welcome it and if the church cannot engage this intellectually driven change, then it probably should die.What height of arrogance and humanistic idolatry! And yet, it's understandable why Spong would be so bitter. After all, if Christ is not resurrected, neither shall we be, and we are above all men to be pitied (I Cor. 15:19). If Christ is not resurrected, He is not God, and any and all worship of Him is vain idolatry, a projection of our worship onto a mere dead human being.
But praise be to God that Christ is risen and is coming again in glory!
Spong's problem is not that he is too intellectual for "traditional" Christianity or that Christians are too unintellectual for a changing world, but that Spong is spiteful of Christ himself.
Spong is ashamed of the Lord Jesus Christ: filled with disdain at the foolishness of His cross, blinded to the reality of His divinity, willfully seditious against Christ's lordship, leading open rebellion against Him from his ecclesial perch.
In short, Spong is grievously in error and leading others astray, preaching a damnable "gospel" (Gal. 1:6-8) that has an appearance of godliness but denies the power thereof. (II Timothy 3:1-9)
Let us pray that the Lord will grant former Bishop Spong repentance unto a knowledge of the truth, and that Episcopals and Anglicans specifically, and orthodox Christians generally, will not so much as bid him God speed until such time as he does (II John 8-11).