Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith

Of the many recent books on the historical Jesus none has explored what the latest biblical scholarship means for personal faith Now in em Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time em Marcus Borg addresses the yearnings of those who want a fully contemporary faith that welcomes rather than oppresses our critical intelligence and openness to the best of historical scholarship Borg shows how a rigorous examination of historical findings can lead to a new faith in Christ one that is critical and at the same time sustaining br br Drawing on his own journey from a na ve unquestioning belief in Christ through collegiate skepticism to a mature and contemporary Christian faith Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life one not rooted in creed or dogma but in a life of spiritual challenge compassion and community br br In straightforward accessible prose Borg looks at the major findings of modern Jesus scholarship from the perspective of faith bringing alive the many levels of Jesus s character spirit person teacher of alternative wisdom social prophet and movement founder He also reexamines the major stories of the Old Testament vital to an authentic understanding of Jesus showing how an enriched understanding of these stories can uncover new truths and new pathways to faith

The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith

In em The Heart of Christianity em world renowned Jesus scholar and author of the bestseller em Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time em argues that the essential ingredients of a Christian life faith being born again the kingdom of God the gospel of love are as vitally important today as they have always been even during this time of conflict and change in the church br br Borg wants to show us as today s thinking Christians how to discover a life of faith by reconceptualizing familiar beliefs Being born again for example has nothing to do with fundamentalism but is a call to radical personal transformation Talking about the kingdom of God does not mean that you are fighting against secularism but that you have committed your life to the divine values of justice and love And living the true Christian way is essentially about opening one s heart to God and to others Above all else Borg believes with passion and conviction that living the Christian life still makes sense

Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously but Not Literally

Many Christians mistakenly believe that their only choice is either to reconcile themselves to a fundamentalist reading of scripture a literal factual approach or to simply reject the Bible as something that could bring meaning and value into their lives In em Reading the Bible Again for the First Time em Marcus Borg shows how instead we can freshly appreciate all the essential elements of the Old and New Testaments from Genesis to Revelation in a way that can open up a new world of intelligent faith br br In em Reading the Bible Again for the First Time em Borg reveals how it is possible to reconcile a scientific and critical way of thinking with our deepest spiritual needs leading to an insightful experience of ancient text This unique book invites every reader whatever his or her religious background to engage the Bible to wrestle with its meaning to explore its mysteries and to understand its relevance em Reading the Bible Again for the First Time em shows us how to encounter the Bible in a fresh new way that rejects the limits of simple literalism and opens up the rich possibility of living a life of authentic faith

The Meaning of Jesus

Was Jesus born of a virgin Did he know he was the Messiah Was he bodily resurrected from the dead Did he intentionally die to redeem humankind Was Jesus God br br In The Meaning of Jesus two leading Jesus scholars with widely divergent views go right to the heart of these questions and others presenting the opposing visions of Jesus that shape our faith today br br In alternating chapters Marcus Borg the most popular revisionist voice on Jesus and a member of the Jesus Seminar and N T Wright the most prominent standard bearer for the traditional stance and an outspoken critic of the Jesus Seminar present their views of who Jesus was what he taught and what he did br br Candid spirited and thoughtfully debated this compelling discourse will stimulate fresh ideas and intense dialogue among anyone concerned with what it means to be a Christian today

The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem

Top Jesus scholars Marcus J Borg amp John Dominic Crossan reveal a radical amp little known Jesus As both authors reacted to amp responded to questions about Mel Gibson s blockbuster em The Passion of the Christ em they discovered that many Christians are unclear on the details of events during the week leading up to Jesus crucifixion Using Mark s gospel as a guide they present a day by day account of Jesus final week of life They begin their story on Palm Sunday with two triumphal entries into Jerusalem The st entry that of Roman governor Pontius Pilate leading Roman soldiers into the city symbolized military strength The nd heralded a new kind of moral hero who was praised by the people as he rode in on a humble donkey The Jesus introduced herein is this new moral hero a more dangerous Jesus than the one enshrined in the church s traditional teachings em The Last Week em depicts Jesus giving up his life to protest power without justice amp to condemn the rich who lack concern for the poor In this vein at the end of the week Jesus marches up Calvary offering himself as a model for others to do the same when confronted by similar issues Informed challenged amp inspired we not only meet the historical Jesus but meet a new Jesus who engages amp invites us to follow him

Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary

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Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings

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Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power - And How They Can Be Restored

Modern Christians are steeped in a language so distorted that it has become a stumbling block to the religion says internationally renowned Bible scholar Marcus J Borg Borg argues that Christianity s important words and the sacred texts and stories in which those words are embedded have been narrowed by a modern framework for the faith that emphasizes sin forgiveness Jesus dying for our sins and the afterlife Here Borg employs the historical metaphorical method for understanding Christian language that can restore for us these words of power and transformation For example br br i Redemption i now narrowly understood as Jesus saving us from sins so we can go to heaven but in the Bible it refers to being set free from slavery br br i Savior i now refers to Jesus as the one who saves us from our sins but in the Bible it has a rich and wonderful variety of meanings having nothing to do with the afterlife br br i Sacrifice i now refers to Jesus s death on the cross as payment for our sins but in the Bible it is never about substitutionary payment for sin br br In i Speaking Christian i Borg delivers a language for twenty first century Christians that grounds the faith in its deep and rich original roots and allows it once again to transform our lives

The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church’s Conservative Icon

Borg and Crossan reveal a figure who besides being neither anti Semitic anti sex nor misogynist stresses social and political equality among Christians and between them and others A refreshing and heartening exculpation of a still routinely maligned figure of the first importance to culture and civilization em Booklist em starred review br br John Dominic Crossan and Marcus J Borg two of the world s top selling Christian scholars and the bestselling authors of em The Last Week em and em The First Christmas em once again shake up the status quo by arguing that the message of the apostle Paul considered by many to be the second most important figure in Christianity has been domesticated by the church Borg and Crossan turn the common perception of Paul on its head revealing him as a radical follower of Jesus whose core message is still relevant today

The God We Never Knew: Beyond Dogmatic Religion to a More Authentic Contemporary Faith

How to have faith or even think about God without having to stifle modern rational thought is one of the most vital challenges facing many of us today Marcus J Borg author of the bestselling em Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time em traces his personal spiritual journey to the discovery of an authentic yet fully contemporary understanding of God In a compelling readable way he leads us from the distant authoritarian God of our childhood to an equally powerful dynamic adult image of God the beyond in our midst the life spirit that is within us and all around us that reconciles faith with science history critical thinking and religious pluralism