For the millions of modern-day Christians who have turned away from Christianity but who still long for a relevant way of being Christian, Borg offers a practical guide to thinking about God, Jesus, the Bible, faith, and Christian practice.For the millions of modern-day Christians who have turned away from Christianity but who still long for a relevant way of being Christian, Borg offers a practical guide to thinking about God, Jesus, the Bible, faith, and Christian practice.Read Less
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I'm so glad authors like Borg are around. Loved this book.
Oct 3, 2012
Very well written. Historical backgrounds very interesting and not overwhelming. Very up to date book.
Sep 13, 2012
A sound approach to the 'heart' of the matter
I heard and saw Marcus Borg on PBS television before reading any of his work, and I was glad I did see/hear him because it led me to his terrific writing and thinking. I'm not calling myself a Christian but I gravitate towards progressive expressions of that faith, and Marcus Borg is a gifted and brilliant writer in that approach. It's an approach which is rational and not (as conservative twists have had it over the centuries) narrow or stagnant. Anyone believing in love can't possibly rationalize the hatred of the conservative expressions of the religion and are unlikely to be readers of Borg's works. The rest of us have something wise, humane, and ultimately Christ-like in the voice of Marcus Borg.
Jun 7, 2012
A "must read" book for a Christian serious about hiis/her faith.
Oct 15, 2008
I wish I could give this book to all of my friends and tell them "Read this, and you will understand the way I see Christianity." Borg so eloquently describes a way of relating to God that does not ask for the abandonment of logic and religious pluralism. I know that it will take me many more readings of this book to be able to take it all in, but Borg comes the closest I've seen to describing the hugeness of a personal relationship to God. When seen outside of a literal-factual interpretation, the scope of Christianity becomes accordingly enormous, and Borg breaks it down with relentless clarity and precision (and examples, even). Most of all, reading this made me realize that I do "fit," and that belief is not mutually exclusive with partaking in a modern, rational, scientifically expanding, pluralistic world.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-09-15 Borg follows up two of his previous releases about the Bible and Jesus with a volume that could easily have played on those titles, because this highly readable book is essentially about looking at Christianity again for the first time. In that respect, it provides a valuable glimpse into the essence of Christianity for those who have left the faith because they no longer believe its doctrines and those who are trying to remain in the faith while questioning its doctrines. With those people in mind, Borg emphasizes the transformational aspect of Christianity by examining the "emerging paradigm" that is gradually replacing the belief-centered paradigm of the last several hundred years. The new paradigm, Borg writes, is about loving God and loving what God loves, rather than rigidly adhering to a specific set of beliefs. In exploring this new way of "being Christian," Borg offers a middle ground for conservative and liberal Christiansthough it's unlikely conservatives will conclude, as he does, that Jesus was not really the Son of God, nor are liberals likely to begin using the term "born again," as he advocates. Still, there's much here that both sides can agree on, possibly helping to bring them a step closer to the unity that has eluded them for centuries. As always, Borg writes with clarity and precision, which should also help the ongoing conversation. (Oct.) Forecast: Borg, whose popularizations of biblical scholarship have earned him quite a following, will do a nine-city author tour to promote this title, which has a 40,000-copy first printing. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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