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3.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 5 3.96 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcus J. Borg Narrator: John Pruden Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9780062109033
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Marcus Borg brings expert knowledge, insight, and warmth to this revisiting of Christianity’s heart and soul. He makes absolute sense.”

    Thomas Moore, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This book catches the eye because Borg argues that…Christian ethics bind Christians to care foremost about those in need, yet contemporary American Christianity seems mainly to care about itself. ‘Taking the kingdom of God seriously means taking the systemic causes of human suffereing seriously,’ Borg concludes.”

    New Republic

  • “Highly readable…a valuable glimpse into the essence of Christianity…Borg writes with clarity and precision.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In his compelling proposal Borg consistently aligns the emerging paradigm with God, Jesus, the Bible, tradition, and religious practice, which constitute the heart of Christianity.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norah | 2/2/2014

    " This is a writer we admire in my semi-religious book group, 'More Rioja, Vicar?' and I agree with his viewpoint on Christianity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Campton | 1/18/2014

    " Didn't make my heart beat any faster but it did make me think "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Izzie Kikue | 1/17/2014

    " Very interesting, clear, and it confirmed a lot of what I've already decided for myself after I served and then left the fundamental, traditional Christian church. Borg gave good light to what many Christians are questioning the church about today as we're faced with living in the age of pluralism. Personally, I enjoyed the book until I hit chapter ten when Borg discussed Christian practice. It all sounded fundamental to me then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 1/14/2014

    " An attempt to reiterate the values of mainline American Protestantism (to which I'm obviously very biased) in the face of the growing Evangelical movement across the country. Borg compares the values and approaches to revealed religion that separate these two theological schools, and he does a very effective job. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darlene | 1/9/2014

    " I thought the author didn't go far enough in his views on things. I far prefer John Shelby Spong's writing. Much more realistic, and doesn't mince words. Borg tries to make a point, but it just doesn't seem that different from the fundamentalist view of looking at things for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne Baltzer | 1/9/2014

    " Read it for the 2nd time. I now understand how Borg's point of view of a Christian, Jesus based belief can be a way of life outside of organized religion. He paves a road that can be logically followed to understand "belief" and living as a Christian. Well worth reading, although someone with conservative views of Christianity will find several points to challenge. Makes for good discussion as well as a study guide. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark J | 1/9/2014

    " A critical understanding of Christianity for its third millennium...essential reading for any thinking person's faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 1/4/2014

    " This is the book that I was reading during Tom's wedding week. It is thought provoking and well written. He also wrote Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, which is equally well written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayley | 11/26/2013

    " You know what... I really liked this book. I think Borg has a remarkable view on religion. A view that I find really appealing. It definitely helped settle my mind after I had a friend tell me for 8 hours that Jesus is coming back soon and I'm going to Hell. FUN TIMES "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace | 11/21/2013

    " Amazing. Love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Sunderland | 10/5/2013

    " An examination of the emerging paradigm in the modern Christian church, Borg shows how Christianity is much more than believing or proving doctrines. This book is highly-recommended, especially to those who may have lost touch with their Christian faith. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 9/26/2012

    " If you've read Borg's other books, he doesn't cover much new ground here. But he does what he's good at: making Christianity meaningful for sceptics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale | 8/16/2012

    " Excellent read, especially for someone who wants to explore a deeper understanding of their life of faith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desiree | 7/12/2012

    " Pretty good book. Even for non-Christians, I think this book holds a lot to think about in terms of our culture and religious changes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 7/6/2012

    " An overview of the thinking of this modern, theologically liberal biblical scholar. As refreshing and welcome as a spring morning after a long winter! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TJ | 10/23/2011

    " Not quite what I was looking for but good re intro to christianity. Understandable and thought provoking "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 5/24/2011

    " Thanks Jenny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon Russell | 5/10/2011

    " Borg is my favorite. Good as always. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 3/5/2011

    " A concise synopsis of the difference between the earlier paradigm of Christianity and the emerging one. The sacramental understanding of the Bible, Jesus, and even religion and the practice of religion is especially persuasive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ben | 1/24/2011

    " Terrible. Terrible. Terrible. One of the most idiotic pro-religion books out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C | 12/18/2010

    " Liked, but didn't finish. I guess I already agreed with most of it, so didn't find too much new info. I heard him talk about it at a conference and really liked him, though of course had some theological differences (Lutheran stuff). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Logospilgrim | 8/23/2010

    " An amazing book filled with compassionate and clear insight. Marcus Borg has been a Godsend to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayley | 8/1/2010

    " You know what... I really liked this book. I think Borg has a remarkable view on religion. A view that I find really appealing. It definitely helped settle my mind after I had a friend tell me for 8 hours that Jesus is coming back soon and I'm going to Hell. FUN TIMES "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 7/29/2010

    " Wonderful exploration of what being a Christian might mean/look like if you are not a fundamentalist. For everyone who wants to more about what thinking Christians believe and how we go about living/practicing within our faith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/20/2010

    " This book is divided in half and I'm exactly halfway through. It is an excellent explanation of emerging Christianity versus the traditional paradigm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/12/2010

    " Recommended by my Asst. Rector. So far I'm liking it. Why must I always be so literal-minded? You'd think I'd learn.
    Good book, with a lot of thought on how Christianity fits in to the current American culture and how we can live that Christianity in the world. "

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About the Author
Author Marcus J. Borg

Marcus J. Borg (1942–2015) was canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, and Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture, emeritus, at Oregon State University. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he had been national chair of the Historical Jesus section of the Society of Biblical Literature and was the author of the bestselling books Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, The Heart of Christianity, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, The God We Never Knew, Jesus, and Speaking Christian.

About the Narrator

John Pruden is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. His exposure to many people, places, and experiences throughout his life provides a deep creative well from which he draws his narrative and vocal characterizations. His narration of The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers was chosen by the Washington Post as a Best Audiobook of 2010.