He’s blowing off many of us, as he does here:
‘I have made a decision. I will no longer debate the issue of homosexuality in the church with anyone. I will no longer engage the biblical ignorance that emanates from so many right-wing Christians about how the Bible condemns homosexuality, as if that point of view still has any credibility. I will no longer discuss with them or listen to them tell me how homosexuality is “an abomination to God,” about how homosexuality is a “chosen lifestyle,” or about how through prayer and “spiritual counselling” homosexual persons can be “cured.”
And he goes on…and on…and on.
One of my oldest articles for this site was When Church Becomes Pointless, which features Jack Spong. Nothing in the twelve intervening years has changed my mind about the subject.
Personally, I think that Jack Spong is one of those Southerners who was so “traumatised” by his conservative upbringing that he has spent the rest of his life inflicting the pain of this on everyone else. (Another is anti-fundamentalist James Alexander, who cut me off when he could not properly answer my questions.) But I find myself no longer able to sympathise with such people. I find them tiresome.
Spong thinks that he has won the debate. But his triumphalism is misplaced. Forces far beyond his willingness to understand are working to pull the plug on the nice little world he thinks is winning.