On the occasion of his 70th birthday, the renowned Marcus J. Borg shares his "convictions" about Christianity and America, contending that they are both at their best when they focus on hope and transformation, and shares his thoughts on how American Christians can return to what matters most.
Reflecting on what matters most, both for the church and for Americans, leading biblical scholar and premiere teacher for Protestant churches, Marcus Borg surveys the most significant conversations and personalities that shaped his life, and presents his convictions about the faith and its role in the twenty-first century.
Meditating on what makes us feel at home, he calls all American Christians to reject divisiveness and exclusivity and create communities that celebrate joy, possibility, and renewal. Throughout, he reflects on what matters most, bringing to earth the kingdom of God Jesus talked about and transforming our relationships with one another.
©2014 Marcus J. Borg (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
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"Rehashing of Borg's progressive perspective"
I really have profited from Marcus Borg's work over the years. His earlier work had plenty of verve and vivacity. I really wanted to like this book as he reflected on some of the theological themes and issues that shaped his life.
However ... in the past years I have thought Borg is simply rehashing ideas, concepts and issues that he has treated well in the past. I really wanted to like this book, but in the end found it a little disappointing, as he didn't break any new ground.
The reader was fine, but unmemorable and often s/he can really lift a book from the page. Not this time though.
I was not familiar with the Author until taking on this reading with a Sunday School class. I found the opening and closing of the book the more interesting of the content. The controversial suggestions in between were an exercise in contemplation.
Even though I was familiar with other books by Marcus Borg, this one was a great summery of his personal thought and in general that of progressive Christianity. Highly recommended!
"Thank God, a Christianity I can profess."
Actually, the listening is kind of meh, but Borg's language transcends an unremarkable performance
I gather that this is the last of this writer's books on the subject of Christianity. It is a summing up of a lifetime of exploration and coming terms with the difficult gift of Christianity.
As someone who has been appalled at the modern American Christian tendency to promote the idea that simple belief in Jesus, without reference to the difficult task of attempting to live in the Way of Jesus, I found the very humanness of Borg's approach to be one that finally spoke to me and is part of how I can find my way into a church, and into the active choice to seek to emulate this way of living. The prose is clear, the references compelling. Borg's interpretation of the Kingdom of God as something we should be seeking to create in this world speaks to the progressive in me who believes in the fundamental goodness of most individual people. In short, this is a Christianity I can profess without shame.
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