The Heart of Christianity

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Zondervan, Mar 17, 2009 - Religion - 256 pages
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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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A great intro to liberal Christianity. - Goodreads
A horrible excuse for scholarly writing on religion. - Goodreads
Furthermore, I enjoy Borg's writing. - Goodreads
... or for anyone who wants a nice introduction to it. - Goodreads
An interesting overview of liberal Christianity. - Goodreads

Review: The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith

User Review  - Abraham Leay - Goodreads

This book helped me understand the value of the most common Christian practices, but from a logic point of view, instead of just going blindly with what the Bible says. Can't recommend it enough! Read full review

Review: The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith

User Review  - Elisabeth - Goodreads

While I don't agree with all of Borg's conclusions, I greatly appreciate his challenges that encouraged me to wrestle with my own theology. Since reading this volume, I have picked up several other works by Marcus Borg and look forward to further dialogue in their pages. Read full review


ONE The Heart of Christianity in a Time of Change
Seeing the Christian Tradition Again
Seeing the Christian Life Again
Age of Pluralism

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Marcus J. Borg (1942–2015) was a pioneering author and teacher whom the New York Times described as "a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars." He was the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, and he appeared on NBC's The Today Show and Dateline, ABC's World News, and NPR's Fresh Air. His books have sold over a million copies, including the bestselling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Jesus, The Heart of Christianity, Evolution of the Word, Speaking Christian, and Convictions.

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