Convictions Marcus Borg sets out his deepest convictions about God Jesus and the Bible and reveals how a series of mystical experiences helped to make him a champion of progressive inclusive and politically

  • Title: Convictions
  • Author: Marcus J. Borg
  • ISBN: 9780281073115
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Paperback
  • Marcus Borg sets out his deepest convictions about God, Jesus, and the Bible, and reveals how a series of mystical experiences helped to make him a champion of progressive, inclusive, and politically engaged Christianity.

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    1. I struggle to think of one writer that embodies my belief system any better than Marcus Borg. Often throughout life, I've found it difficult to find those that have the same responses, but Borg for me is a breath of fresh air. I usually agree with 95% of what he says and think he has the heart of the message Jesus had in mind with every word typed in his books. I feel his work is the perfect bridge between atheism and Christianity, where most of his views could be accepted by both sides of ratio [...]

    2. Marcus Borg died last January (2015) at the age of 73. Convictions is his last book, and it serves as a summary of his life's work: explaining Christianity, faith, the Bible, and God in such a way that it all makes sense. No one has influenced my own thinking about faith as has Marcus Borg. He has shaped the architecture of my thinking with regard to how one can read the Bible and understand it in such a way that faith and reason are not in conflict. He taught me to understand how things can be [...]

    3. I deeply appreciate Marcus Borg's efforts to put progressive Christianity into a theological context that is accessible to the lay reader. He really cares about the average mainline church goer and giving them language and rationale for their beliefs. There is a lot that lay people cannot articulate about what they believe and why they believe the way they do. Marcus Borg lays it all out so it's understandable and organized. At least he lays HIS perspective out in such a way. In this book, you'l [...]

    4. My parents gave this to me after reading it with a study group at their church. It's my third Marcus Borg book. I read his book dissecting whether anything in the Bible was actually said by Jesus in a class on "The Historical Jesus" in college, as well as "The Heart of Christianity," also a gift from my parents. This one resonated far more with me. After a long lifetime of scholarship, Borg finally gets very personal and very to the point. It's refreshing to see him take a stand.Whatever your ow [...]

    5. This book, written by a lifelong biblical scholar, teacher, and theologian, means a great deal to me, and I use the present tense because I will read in it more in time to come. Written in a very plain and forgiveably simplistic style, Marcus Borgoffers progressive Christians like himself a wonderful way to move away from thedeadly "terms of belief" discussion to a life-enhancing way of living in the Christian community and in a more honest personal relationship with Christ. Evangelicals,Literal [...]

    6. Marcus Borg explains his spiritual journey toward "progressive" Christianity, and along the way provides a fabulous primer of what many progressive Christians believe and why.

    7. I've read other books by Borg that were thorough, systematic, and scholarly. This is more like you met him at a party and asked "What's a progressive Christian?" It's informal and a bit rambling. Still interesting food for thought and perhaps a good short introduction to the topic.

    8. Read as a Sunday School text, this book turned out to be very accessible and a pleasure to discuss with others. It is part autobiography and part progressive Christian theology. Well done.

    9. Excellent! I found the first chapter to be brilliant. Borg describes five different types of Christians, ranging from Conservative Christians to Progressive Christians and clearly explains why those two are incompatible. Very helpful!

    10. “Spiritual Leader” is a title I would definitely award to Marcus Borg. In describing how he emerged from a moderately conservative Lutheran upbringing into his present and somewhat unique theology, Dr. Borg preaches a stimulating sermon on “salvation”. He uses biblical citations to deny the idea of an afterlife and describe how the Kingdom of God should be right here on earth. I can well relate to his feeling that, “… my intense intellectual interest has been combined with a passion [...]

    11. Once again Marcus Borg did not disappoint. Written in a very personal tone, this little book explains (and justifies) why, when and how Marcus Borg became the progressive, unencumbered authority and Jesus scholar he is. True to his usual approach, Dr. Borg does not aim to proselytize the reader to his way of thinking, rather explains why he cannot accept the more traditional understandings offered by many other scholars in favor of his own reading and understanding. He makes clear that his under [...]

    12. I decided to read this as part of a book group at Old South, especially in light of Marcus Borg's death last week. I'm so glad that I did! As an introduction to his work, this is easy reading -- although not a memoir, there are lots of stories about his life that make this part narrative, part theological text. Having only ever heard of Borg, never reading his work, I didn't know entirely what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that his ideas are not new to me, and so I am grateful t [...]

    13. Marcus Borg with wisdom and insight tells us that Christianity is about loving God and loving what God loves. It's not about "what's in it for me." This is a book for progressive Christians who are seeking the best path to practice their faith. What a different world we would live in if Christianity was practiced the way it was intended. We will miss Marcus Borg and his open and inclusive way of explaining Christian concepts. RIP Marcus.

    14. Written by Borg after his 70th birthday to convey how over his lifetime he came to learn what matters most. A must read for anyone who wants to understand progressive thinking.

    15. !!!Christians Beware!!!It has been said that the pen is mightier than the sword, but the publisher is truly mightier than the pen. Nothing gets published—that is, both printed and distributed to the masses (as opposed to self-published and ignored) unless it matches the interests of those who control the press. While, in most cases, the interests are merely that of profit, I sometimes find a book where I can’t help but wonder what other agenda the publisher hopes to advance. Sadly, this appe [...]

    16. As an anticapitalist, I appreciate his revealing some history about the church's collusion with the state and the resulting warped theology. Some of this he comes out and says, some of it I pieced together. I appreciate that he is easy to read, and includes in his audience post Christians and atheists. I would consider myself somewhere in between post Christian and post tradition.Good book overall. I do think he could have talked a bit more about his underlying philosophy, but that might be in h [...]

    17. I love love love this book because it systematically explains a lot of things I've always believed in my faith and for me, named and labeled progressive Christianity. It challenged me, my faith, my reason, and I cannot stop thinking about it. It will have a huge impact on my journey of faith.

    18. "Convictions", written and published just shortly before Marcus Borg dies. In this semi-biographical narrative, Borg captures years of his spiritual journey and his beliefs and how they have evolved over the years to what they have become today. This is basically a compilation of all of his previously written books into one. Topics he covers are: who God is, what is salvation, reiterates his historical-metaphorical hermeneutic, the kingdom of God, non-violence, God's economy, and justice, just t [...]

    19. Marcus Borg has been one of my heroes for some years, and I had already read a number of his books when I got the news of his death this year, 2015, on January 21. At that point, I got a new sense of urgency about reading everything he had written—that is, all of his books. When I went to read more about his death, I learned more about his life and felt a bit of parallelism between his journey and my own. He was born March 11, 1942; I was born in December, 1942. He was raised in a Lutheran fam [...]

    20. Marcus Borg, whom I had the pleasure of meeting some years ago at one of our clergy conferences, is for me one of the most significant theologians of the 20th-21st centuries. His works, "The Heart of Christianity" & this one, "Convictions", are for me probably the two most helpful theological writings I've read in the past 10 years. Most of us religiously oriented types, I think, were shocked at his untimely death in 2015, at the age of only 73. It's hard to accept that a mind so theological [...]

    21. For the contemporary Christian who wants to follow Jesus and move onward.If you are are a progressive Christian following the path of Jesus, this author will confirm your convictions.But convictions are not as important as leading your life from your conscience and this conscience is formed throughout our lifetime.I remember as a young girl that the Catholic Church declared you at the "age of reason" when you turned 7 years of age. To me that meant that I had to pay attention to my faults and my [...]

    22. Yes, I’ve read most of this before, since I’ve devoured most of Borg’s books. A number of the topics in What Matters Most are rehashes, yet as Borg looks back on his life (he just turned seventy) and recounts the lessons he learned of greatest importance, these topics seem to take on new life. This is a personal, friend-to-friend, heart-felt discussion, as Borg tries to share his wisdom without being an “opinionated old fool.” Marcus, it’s wonderful thank you.We live in a time of dee [...]

    23. The swan song of the recently late but still great Marcus Borg has been the right book for me at the right time, as so many other of his books have been. As a former fundamentalist, I've become increasingly angry at the mindset of my old life. That anger has spread to concepts of religion, but I've never crossed the bridge to atheism. The main reasons are that atheism tend to reflect the same amount of certainty and arrogance as fundamentalist Christians in regards to things we just can't know. [...]

    24. I believe this was Borg's last book before he passed into eternity, Since it describes his convictions, most of this material is developed elsewhere. I am at loggerheads with a lot of what Borg said. I don't share his penchant for demythologizing miracle and resurrection and I find his Christology and grasp of the Trinity deficient. However I found myself nodding along to many of these convictions.Borg describes his intellectual (and religious) conversion in reading theology, his political conve [...]

    25. Have you given up on Christianity?This book is a refreshing account of one theologian who found a way to get back to the original message of the early Christians, after realizing he no longer was able to believe the myths and pre-modern beliefs he had grown up with. I, too, was brought up in the Lutheran tradition, and increasingly find that younger people no longer want to continue to belong to my church. They feel that the religion of their childhood is not relevant to today's world. Rev. Borg [...]

    26. Another great read from the "cheaper by the dozen" program that shares books amongst Saskatchewan Mennonite churches. I chose this book for two reasons: 1. The dust jacket suggested that it was sort of a theological memoir (which it is) and 2. The author, now deceased, was in his seventies when he wrote it. I thought someone that age would have wisdom to share. I really enjoy the vulnerable tone of memoirs and this one satisfied me in that sense. Borg traces his life through a series of conversi [...]

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