What to make of John Shelby Spong...

I'm not sure what to make of John Shelby Spong. He seems to be spearheading a movement "for those seeking to experience Christianity in a new and vibrant way" - something called "Progressive Christianity".

His "About" page has this to say:
John Shelby Spong, whose books have sold more than a million copies, was bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark for 24 years before his retirement in 2001. His admirers acclaim him as a teaching bishop who makes contemporary theology accessible to the ordinary layperson — he’s considered the champion of an inclusive faith by many, both inside and outside the Christian church. In one of his recent books,The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Discover the God of Love(San Francisco: HarperOne, 2005), this visionary thinker seeks to introduce readers to a proper way to engage the holy book of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

A committed Christian who has spent a lifetime studying the Bible and whose life has been deeply shaped by it, Bishop Spong says he was not interested in Bible bashing. “I come to this interpretive task not as an enemy of Christianity,” he says. “I am not even a disillusioned former Christian, as some of my scholar-friends identify themselves. I am a believer who knows and loves the Bible deeply. But I also recognize that parts of it have been used to undergird prejudices and to mask violence.”
He has written an article for The Huffington Post which makes it seem that he would be in harmony with many of the sentiments expressed here at A carpenter from Nazareth - Why we must reclaim the Bible from fundamentalists. Sounds a lot like "Prizing the Bible from the hand of Christianity".

I just wonder why he still carries the "Bishop" moniker, and why the movement still holds to the term "Christian"? I might have to hang around the message boards for a period and see what turns up.

Update, 13 June, 2012 What to make of John Shelby Spong (Revisited): Backstage pass to a life in transition.