Bishop John Shelby Spong has evolved into an atheistic Christian, for a lack of a better term. His scholarship is very helpful in exposing the limitations of Tirnitarian Christianity. I applaud his work where it exposes the limitations of Trinity or the Bible. But, he like many before him, shows a complete lack of scholarship about Islam and its scripture. Many Christians, in their ignorance are in a habit of finding problems in the Bible and attributing them to the Quran also, without any specific knowledge. Historically, it was the easy thing to do, as there was not a single Muslim left alive in 18th century Europe. But, now it is so easy to expose such prejudicial scholarship and call the attention of the whole world to it. In his most recent book titled, Eternal Life: A New Vision, Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell, Spong precisely and accurately exposes the limitations of the Bible, by writing:
Another one of religion’s more absurd assertions, which makes sense only when viewed through the perspective of security, is the claim for the inerrancy of the Bible. This claim is still made by many despite the fact that we now know that when both Matthew and Luke incorporated Mark into their gospels they each changed, corrected, edited, deleted from and added to Mark and that this was not done infrequently. How can one do any of these things to ‘the inerrant word of God?’ There are thousands of other illustrations of the ineptitude of biblical literalism, but this will suffice for the moment.
But, in the next breath, he alleges against the Quran, without any example or proof, by conveniently juxtaposing it with the Torah:
Other specific and equally irrational claims made by established religious traditions include the idea that God dictated the Torah and that Allah dictated the Koran. … Again the slightest bit of study renders these claims nonsensical.
As regards the Holy Quran, only nonsensical claims are those of Bishop Shelby Spong. I will encourage all Muslims, as they read any Christian books, to always take a few minutes to share with us the blindness of centuries, when it comes to Muslim Heritage and religion of Islam. A few dozen of such short articles should put Christian scholars on guard that they are no longer living in the 12th-18th century, when they could say anything against Islam and it will only be applauded.
Ref: John Shelby Spong. Eternal Life: A New Vision, Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell. HarperOne, 2009. Pages, 85-86.