Marcus J. Borg, preeminent theologian and Bible scholar, refects on his life and how he developed his most bedrock convictions and why they matter. the result is a manifesto for all progressive Christians who seek the best path for following Jesus today.Read more...
Marcus J. Borg, preeminent theologian and Bible scholar, refects on his life and how he developed his most bedrock convictions and why they matter. the result is a manifesto for all progressive Christians who seek the best path for following Jesus today. With each chapter embodying a distinct conviction, Borg writes provocatively and compellingly on the beliefs that can deeply ground us and guide us: God Is Real and a MysterySalvation Is More About This Life Than an AfterlifeThe Bible Can Be True Without Being Literally TrueJesus's Death on the Cross Matters But Not Because He Paid for Our SinsGod Is Passionate About Justice and the PoorTo Love God Is to Love Like God
Rich in wisdom and insight, Convictions is sure to, become a classic of contemporary Christianity."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-04-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Because "context matters," religion scholar Borg (The Heart of Christianity) reviews the itinerary of his spiritual journey toward his life's convictions. An expert on the historical Jesus who has written 14 books (including a fine novel), Borg bases his biblical exegeses in scripture, reason and tradition; another three-legged stool—memories, conversations, and convictions—shapes this forthright book. He explores how he came to his opinions, from boy to man to elder of 70, beginning with his birth in Minnesota to conservative, Republican, Lutheran parents in a mixed marriage (his mother was descended from Norwegians; his father, Swedes). He became a scholar, a liberal Episcopalian in Oregon, the husband of a priest. He intertwines his considerable knowledge of the Bible and of Christianity with exploration of his life at lectern and in pulpit. He writes honestly and clearly, defining as he goes, always educating. He does not shy from laying out controversies among contemporary Christians, especially progressives v. conservatives, and he analyzes Jesus, the Bible, and the Cross. He closes with wonder: "Imagine that Christianity is about loving God." (May)