Archives For Marcus Borg


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

Read the Christianity Today tribute to Borg

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.

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In honor of the upcoming American Academy of Religion conference, HarperOne is making these important theology ebooks available for $2.99 each!!!

Prices good through Nov 21…
Sorry, the publisher has limited this sale to the United States.


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By Diana Butler Bass

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By Miroslav Volf

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These Kindle ebooks by NT Wright and Marcus Borg are on sale for a limited time…


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By NT Wright
$2.99(through Apr 30)
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By NT Wright
(through April 21)

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

See a book here that you’d like to review for us?
Contact us, and we’ll talk about the possibility of a review.

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By Edwidge Danticat

Listen to an NPR interview with the author

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A Review of

Speaking Christian:
Why Christian Words Have Lost
Their Meaning and Power

Marcus J. Borg
Hardback: HarperOne, 2011.

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Reviewed by Shaun C. Brown

Not long after philosophers like Ludwig Wittgenstein and J.L. Austin made the linguistic turn, theologians followed suit.  An increased emphasis upon theology as speech about God continues until this day, as seen in works like George Lindbeck’s The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age, which emphasized a cultural-linguistic understanding of theology.  Some of Lindbeck’s postliberal heirs, like Stanley Hauerwas, have continued this emphasis.  As Hauerwas says in his recent book Working with Words: On Learning to Speak Christian, “To learn to be a Christian, to learn the discipline of the faith, is not just similar to learning another language.  It is learning another language” (87).  Speaking Christian represents New Testament scholar Marcus Borg’s attempt at cultural-linguistic theology.

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888144: Putting Away Childish Things A Brief Review of

Putting Away Childish Things:
A Tale of Modern Faith.

By Marcus J. Borg.
Hardback: HarperOne, 2010.

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Reviewed By William Mills.

If you are interested in progressive Christianity and a how to live a life of faith in Jesus that is authentic and modern then look no farther than Putting Away Childish Things by Marcus Borg. Borg is professor emeritus in the department of philosophy at Oregon State University where he held the Hundere Chair in Religion and Culture. In addition to his teaching career, Borg is a prolific author and has published seventeen books, most recently Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, The Heart of Christianity, and The Last Week of Jesus.  While Borg is most known for his academic and scholarly work on the historical Jesus and early Christian studies, Putting Away Childish Things is his first book of fiction. As Borg says in the preface, Putting Away Childish Things is the result of a life-long search for an authentic faith in Jesus that is free from false piety and religion and is the culmination of his thirty years teaching, preaching and writing.

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