An eminent group of Episcopal scholars and bishops addresses the core issues raised in Bishop Spong's books and teachings on the Virgin birth, resurrection, sexuality, scripture, sin, Jesus, culture, and God. These essays are incisive responses to an articulate and charismatic public figure whose provocative writings have stirred traditional and non-traditional thinkers alike. While acknowledging that Spong's writing strikes a chord with lay people in the churches and the general public, the book's authors believe a balanced response is needed. They accomplish this by commending the bishop for having the courage of his convictions while challenging his teachings on the cornerstone beliefs of Christian tradition. "Reflection on the resurrection cannot be confined to scholarly scrutiny of a few passages....every word is an exposition of the resurrection, for every word shows how past events, present hardships, and future hopes appear to the first Christians in the light of the fact that Jesus rose bodily from the dead, Jesus is not a dead man they remember fondly. His is viewed as present, among other things, in the reflecting and the writing itself." --Excerpt from Can a Bishop Be Wrong?