Today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of theologian Marcus Borg.
Although his work was rooted in convictions that could be called liberal or progressive, he was a “friendly dialogue partner” (Ben Witherington) with evangelical theologians.
“He was the kind of scholar one could not and did not want to ignore. He patiently listened to all sides of the debates and knew the strengths of evangelicalism and historic orthodoxy, even if he pointed more often to weaknesses. Borg was the kind of progressive/liberal theologian who welcomed evangelicals to the table—as long as they would listen, as well.”
– Scot McKnight
Even if you don’t agree with Borg on everything, in the spirit of dialogue that guided him, there is much of his work that is worth reading and reflecting upon.
Here are three books that merit reading by broad audiences in both evangelical and progressive Christianity.
Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time:
The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith
Perhaps Borg’s masterpiece, this volume is worth wrestling with, even if you largely disagree with it.