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Convictions: Passing on What's Most Important

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Publisher Comments:

On the occasion of his 70th birthday, the renowned Marcus J. Borg shares his "convictions" about Christianity and America, contending that they are both at their best when they focus on hope and transformation, and shares his thoughts on how American Christians can return to what matters most

Reflecting on what matters most, both for the church and for Americans, leading biblical scholar and premiere teacher for Protestant churches, Marcus Borg surveys the most significant conversations and personalities that shaped his life, and presents his convictions about the faith and it's role in the twenty-first century.

Meditating on what makes us feel at home, he calls all American Christians to reject divisiveness and exclusivity and create communities that celebrate joy, possibility, and renewal. Throughout, he reflects on what matters most, bringing to earth the kingdom of God Jesus talked about and transforming our relationships with one another.

Review:

"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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

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 Mystery
  • Salvation Is More About This Life Than an Afterlife
  • The Bible Can Be True Without Being Literally True
  • Jesus's Death on the Cross Matters—But Not Because He Paid for Our Sins
  • God Is Passionate About Justice and the Poor
  • To Love God Is to Love Like God

Rich in wisdom and insight, Convictions is sure to, become a classic of contemporary Christianity.

About the Author

Marcus J. Borg is canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, and was Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University. Described by the New York Times as "a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars," he has appeared on NBC's The Today Show and Dateline, ABC's World News, and NPR's Fresh Air. He is 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, Speaking Christian, and The Evolution of the Word. His blog appears on the Progressive Christian Channel of Patheos.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780062269973
Subtitle:
How I Learned What Matters Most
Author:
Borg, Marcus J
Author:
Borg, Marcus J.
Publisher:
HarperOne
Subject:
Christianity-Spiritual Growth
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20140520
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.89 in 22.8 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , 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 Mystery
  • Salvation Is More About This Life Than an Afterlife
  • The Bible Can Be True Without Being Literally True
  • Jesus's Death on the Cross Matters—But Not Because He Paid for Our Sins
  • God Is Passionate About Justice and the Poor
  • To Love God Is to Love Like God

Rich in wisdom and insight, Convictions is sure to, become a classic of contemporary Christianity.

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