The Heart of Christianity

World-renowned Jesus scholar Marcus J. Borg shows how we can live passionately as Christians in today's world by practicing the vital elements of Christian faith.

The Heart of Christianity

World-renowned Jesus scholar Marcus J. Borg shows how we can live passionately as Christians in today's world by practicing the vital elements of Christian faith. For the millions of people who have turned away from many traditional beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible, but still long for a relevant, nourishing faith, Borg shows why the Christian life can remain a transforming relationship with God. Emphasizing the critical role of daily practice in living the Christian life, he explores how prayer, worship, Sabbath, pilgrimage, and more can be experienced as authentically life-giving practices. Borg reclaims terms and ideas once thought to be the sole province of evangelicals and fundamentalists: he shows that terms such as "born again" have real meaning for all Christians; that the "Kingdom of God" is not a bulwark against secularism but is a means of transforming society into a world that values justice and love; and that the Christian life is essentially about opening one's heart to God and to others.

Experiencing the Heart of Christianity

Delving into such topics as the Bible; God; Jesus; sin; and how to live in a multi-faith, pluralistic society, Experiencing the Heart of Christianity will guide you through these complicated issues, leaving you thought-full and inspired.The ...

Experiencing the Heart of Christianity

A companion to the bestselling book by Marcus J. Borg, this 12-session experiential program will enable you to engage with the issues that lie at the heart of Christianity today. Delving into such topics as the Bible; God; Jesus; sin; and how to live in a multi-faith, pluralistic society, Experiencing the Heart of Christianity will guide you through these complicated issues, leaving you thought-full and inspired.The book includes a DVD with video clips of Marcus Borg and Tim Scorer, and beautiful fine art images of Jesus.

Experiencing the Bible Again for the First Time

At last, an important and relevant faith development curriculum for grown-ups! Inspired by Marcus Borg, Experience! offers adults an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the Bible in the formation of their mature faith.

Experiencing the Bible Again for the First Time

2 books, DVD, 10 participant booklets & 10 posters. At last, an important and relevant faith development curriculum for grown-ups! Inspired by Marcus Borg, Experience! offers adults an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the Bible in the formation of their mature faith. Accept the invitation to come into the kind of experiential learning community that Jesus gathered around him.

Experiencing Jesus

2 books, DVD, 10 posters & 12 participant booklets.

Experiencing Jesus

2 books, DVD, 10 posters & 12 participant booklets. In this 10 session study, discover who Jesus was, what he taught, and why he still matters today. Explore Jesus as a religious revolutionary, a Jewish mystic totally centred in the reality of God, and a movement initiator who opened a path of personal and political transformation.

Quantum Confession Christian Spirituality for Our Time

Marcus J. Borg, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life Of Faith (New York: HarperOne, 2003), pp. 74-75. Ibid., pp. 75-77. Martin Luther, Luther's Small Catechism ( St.Louis, Missouri Concordia Publishers, 1943), pp. 92-93.

Quantum Confession  Christian Spirituality for Our Time

Quantum Confession : Christian Spirituality for Our Time By: Ronald N. Fritsch Providing his own faith as an example of the transition from conservative Christianity to accommodate the findings of modern science, Ronald N. Fritsch blends spirituality and quantum physics and provides a testament for a new understanding of God. Fritsch explains how God exists as a loving God and how this love is portrayed in his detailed and beloved Creation. Fritsch addresses controversial topics such as di-polar divinity, the humanity of Jesus of Nazareth, and salvation history along with many other issues. This self-assessment of human faith is designed to promote a more liberal understanding of Christianity in love, hope, peace, and happiness.

Jesus is Still Speaking Through the Gospel of Mark

For these and other reasons I believe many people have become disenchanted with Christianity. ... Marcus Borg's book, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith, could easily use the following sub-title: “Becoming ...

Jesus is Still Speaking Through the Gospel of Mark

The title of this book is a play on the United Church of Christ’s “God Is Still Speaking” marketing campaign. I have sifted through two decades of sermon writing, which were primarily focused on the Gospels, to see how Mark’s Gospel portrays the still speaking voice of Jesus. The essays in this book work with some of Jesus’ most provocative words as related through the pen of Mark. But what meaning do these words carry in our world today? Are they practical and relevant for us? Is Jesus still speaking to us ... through the Gospel of Mark?

The Making of American Liberal Theology

Borg, The God We Never Knew: Beyond Dogmatic Religion to a More Authentic Contemporary Faith, 84–107; Borg, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith, 80–100; Borg, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical ...

The Making of American Liberal Theology

In this first of three volumes, Dorrien identifies the indigenous roots of American liberal theology and demonstrates a wider, longer-running tradition than has been thought. The tradition took shape in the nineteenth century, motivated by a desire to map a modernist "third way" between orthodoxy and rationalistic deism/atheism. It is defined by its openness to modern intellectual inquiry; its commitment to the authority of individual reason and experience; its conception of Christianity as an ethical way of life; and its commitment to make Christianity credible and socially relevant to modern people. Dorrien takes a narrative approach and provides a biographical reading of important religious thinkers of the time, including William E. Channing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Horace Bushnell, Henry Ward Beecher, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Charles Briggs. Dorrien notes that, although liberal theology moved into elite academic institutions, its conceptual foundations were laid in the pulpit rather than the classroom.

Was the Reformation a Mistake

In his 2003 book The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith, the late biblical scholar Marcus Borg asks: “What is the heart of Christianity? What does it mean to be a Christian today?”6 He contrasts an older answer to this ...

Was the Reformation a Mistake

Was the Reformation a mistake? In its actual historical context, it hardly seems fair to call the Reformation a "mistake." In 1517, the Church was in need of a spiritual and theological reform. The issues raised by Renaissance humanism - and by the profound corruption of the Church's leaders, the Avignon papacy, and the Great Schism in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries - lingered unresolved. What were key theological problems that led to the Reformation? Theologian Matthew Levering helps readers see these questions from a Catholic perspective. Surveying nine key themes - Scripture, Mary, Eucharist, Monasticism, Justification and Merit, Saints Priesthood, and Scripture - he examines the positions of Martin Luther and makes a case that the Catholic position is biblically defensible once one allows for the variety of biblically warranted modes of interpreting Scripture. At the same time, Levering makes clear that he cannot "prove" the Catholic case. The book concludes with a spirited response by "mere Protestant" theologian Kevin J. Vanhoozer. X

Teaching Virtue

Those who are pure in heart will be blessed – or are already blessed – and will 'see God' (Matthew, chapter 5, verse 8). ... In his book, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith, New Testament scholar and Christian ...

Teaching Virtue

In much of the world, religious traditions are seriously valued but, in the context of religious plurality, this sets educationalists an enormous challenge. This book provides a way forward in exploring religious life whilst showing how bridges might be built between diverse religious traditions. Teaching Virtue puts engagement with religious life - and virtue ethics - at the heart of religious education, encouraging 'learning from' religion rather than 'learning about' religion. The authors focus on eight key virtues, examining these for what they can offer of religious value to pupils and teachers. Individual chapters put the discussion into context by offering a vision of what religious education in the future could look like; the need for responsible religious education; a historical review of moral education and an introduction to virtue ethics. Lesson plans and examples demonstrate how the virtues may be approached in the classroom, making it an invaluable guide for all involved in teaching religious education.

Explaining Evil

The heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a life of faith. New York: HarperCollins. Borg, M. J. (2003). ... Institutes of the Christian religion (Library of Christian Classics, Vol. 20, Ed. John T. McNeill). London: S. C. M. Press.

Explaining Evil

In this three-volume set, international scholars from across a broad spectrum of scholarly fields examine the concept of evil throughout history and world cultures from religious, scientific, psychological, and political perspectives. * Contains original contributions from 75 distinguished scholars from various religious and cultural backgrounds, including psychologists, academic and clinical sociologists, historians, philosophers, theologians, and professors of political science, ethics, and law

The INTRAfaith Conversation How Do Christians Talk Among Ourselves About INTERfaith Matters

This unity is at the heart of the Christian faith.208 Critics of this view contend that it is too abstract and that Cobb has removed a principle (Christ) ... 210 Borg, Marcus, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith.

The INTRAfaith Conversation  How Do Christians Talk Among Ourselves About INTERfaith Matters

The INTRAfaith Conversation: How Do Christians Talk Among Ourselves About INTERfaith Matters? by Susan M. Strouse is a guide for individuals and faith communities to explore what it means to be a Christian in a multifaith world. The Rev. Dr. Susan M. Str

Getting to the Heart of Interfaith

Christianity. New York: American Heritage, 2000. Borg, Marcus J. The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2003. Brown Taylor, Barbara. An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith.

Getting to the Heart of Interfaith

A deeply personal journey to interfaith collaboration that offers hope for an inclusive and healing way of being together in the world. Too often religion seems to fuel more hatred than love, more conflict than collaboration. Interfaith Talk Radios interfaith amigosa pastor, a rabbi and an Imamprovide a rich understanding of the road to interfaith collaboration by sharing their stories, challenges, and the inner spiritual work necessary to go beyond tolerance to a vital, inclusive spirituality. From their deep commitment and lived experience, they present ways we can work together to transcend the differences that have divided us historically. Together they explore: The five stages of the interfaith journey The power of our stories The core of our traditions The promises and problems of our traditions New dimensions of spiritual identity And much more Along with inspiring insights and encouragement for tapping into the promise of interfaith dialogue, they provide practical actions, additional readings and discussion questions to help you embody their revolutionary spirit of healing.

With Uplifted Head

31 The views of Marcus J. Borg, Hundere Distinguished professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University, are the last to which i call your attention. in his book, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith, ...

With Uplifted Head

With Uplifted Head: Preaching Hope is a book that exalts Christ by giving insight into the biblical teaching about hope. The book also shows interested readers how to preach in a way that will foster hope among members of their congregations. Because the book is designed for both pastors and lay church leaders, it does more than just present a theological understanding of biblical hope. It also has plenty of suggestions for preaching hope directly and indirectly. The authors maintain that only biblical hope, focused on the resurrection and affirmed by the renewing Holy Spirit, can change believers internally and create anticipation for a future in the presence of the living God.

The Discerning Heart

Exploring the Christian Path Wilkie Au, Noreen Cannon Au ... and understanding the nature of biblical authority , see Marcus J. Borg , The Heart of Christianity : Rediscovering a Life of Faith ( New York : HarperCollins , 2004 ) .

The Discerning Heart

Integrating the wisdom of Christian tradition and recent psychological findings on effective decision-making, this book presents a view of Christian discernment that honors the body-spirit unity of the person and the broad and mysterious ways we can be led by the spirit of God in our life-choices. Going beyond discernment skills and concrete practices, this book presents a coherent theoretical understanding of discernment that grounds the many spiritual practices used by Christians today. By providing a broad and inclusive understanding of the multiple ways God can provide guidance to individuals, this book helps individuals to honor the unique and idiosyncratic way that they receive divine guidance, as well as provides guidelines that guard against possible self-deception and personal blind-spots. While including anecdotal accounts and practical elements or Christian discernment, this book provides a conceptual understanding of discernment that will be helpful for those training to be professional ministers, pastors, priests, religious counselors, and spiritual directors. It is unique in applying Christian tradition and contemporary psychological insights to the process of discernment.

Christianity

... given by Marcus Borg at the Atlantic Seminar for Theology held in Truro, Nova Scotia in June of 1999, and since expanded in his book The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2003).

Christianity

Provides updated, contemporary interpretations of ancient Christian doctrine, covering such topics as prayer and meditation, love, morality, and sin.

A Fresh Cup of Tolerance

Even many Christians have noted the considerable influence within Christianity of Julian of Norwich, Hildegard von Bingen, ... Marcus Borg, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith (New York: Harper Collins, 2003), 89.

A Fresh Cup of Tolerance

A Fresh Cup of Tolerance pioneers a coherent, practical theology of the burgeoning universalism movement. It builds on broad spiritual foundations from Native American, Asian, Neopagan, Judeo-Christian, and Islamic traditions. Pragmatic and straightforward, it addresses the most pressing global dilemmas of our time: environment, globalization, feminism and gender issues, religious strife, oppression, poverty, war, and prejudice. Theologically, it systematically explores our many views of God; good, evil, sin, and suffering; revelation; spirituality in the digital age; the spirit of love and community; and so on. However, it is not a pleasant treatise on love. It is a living, faith-in-action, theology free of rigid words (Scriptures), beliefs (dogma), or practices (rituals). With seven billion people on the planet, many more to come, cooperating and living (loving) together is a survival essential. In a crisis, our best nature surfaces—but we seem unable to sustain a sense of true community and compassion for more than a few CNN weeks at a time. It is a spiritual priority to seek a means to sustain a loving community for longer periods—whether within the family, the community, the larger society, or the world. A theology of universalism offers a pathway of hope.

Battle for the heart

Borg's (2004:xiii) The heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a life of faith, is about “seeing the 'heart' of Christianity”. In another book, co-authored with Tom Wright, Borg zooms in on what is most central to being a Christian in the ...

Battle for the heart

The battle of the heart can be seen as the core problem of the Christian religion in modern culture. According to Augustine, the complex mixture of longings are the driving forces of human lives. These longing are not an intellectual puzzle, but rather a craving for sustenance. The contributions locate the battle for the heart and transformation of society and church in the context of an ethnic, multi-religious, socio-economical divided Africa. Where are the authentic voices of leaders who can change the heart? How to mend a 'broken' heart? How to transform congregations towards inclusion of difference? Can we embrace the dignity of difference as attitudes that enable transformation of church and society?

A False Kind of Christianity

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint. New York: Jericho Books, 2013. Borg, Marcus. Convictions: A Manifesto for Progressive Christians. London: SPCK, 2014. ______. The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of ...

A False Kind of Christianity

In this work, Dan Jensen offers the conservative Evangelical community a no-nonsense assessment of the growing and aggressive progressive Christian movement. Jensen provides two chapters of personal testimony, a short overview of the history behind the progressive Christian movement, a brief summary of the teachings of the movement, and then he clearly elucidates the fact that the progressive Christian possesses absolutely no biblical foundation. Jensen makes it clear why this movement must be countered by conservative Evangelicals.

Sacred Paths of the West

Boff, Leonardo, and Clodovis Boff. Introducing Liberation Theology. Translated by Paul Burns. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1987. Borg, Marcus J. The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith ...

Sacred Paths of the West

This text combines study of the dynamic historical development of each religious tradition with a comparative thematic structure. Students are encouraged to discover and explore the nature of religious experience by comparing basic themes and issues common to all religions, finding connections with their own personal experiences. By sensitively introducing descriptive material within a comparative thematic structure, this text helps students to understand how each religion provides, for its adherents, patterns and meanings that make up a full way of life.

Tongues of Fire

2nd rev. ed. New York: Mac-millan,1995. Borg, Marcus J. The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith. New York: HarperOne, 2003. ———. Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary.

Tongues of Fire

Pentecost celebrates the countless expressions of God's love and wisdom. Like a skilled dancer, God's Holy Spirit moves through all creation, bringing forth life and love and inspiration. Fire and wind are everywhere. Inspiration and revelation are just a moment away and can come either by surprise or as a result of the interplay between God's wisdom and our intentional spiritual practices. The spirit blows where it wills, in all directions, embracing all life, human and nonhuman. In other words, Pentecost is about God's omnipresence, which Ingram interprets through the categories of Whiteheadian process theology, as God's ever-present "initial aim" that all things and events at every moment of space-time achieve the maximum self-fulfillment of which they are capable. Intentionally conforming our "subjective" aims for our own fulfillment with God's initial aim for us, as the historical Jesus did, is the call of Pentecost. Omnipresence is an all-or-nothing deal. God can't be a little omnipresent. Either God is present in, with, and under every thing and event since the beginning of creation--what theologians and philosophers call panentheism--or omnipresence makes no sense.