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Seeing Christianity Again

The Marcus J. Borg Foundation is committed to exploring a realistic and meaningful articulation of Christianity for the 21st Century building upon the historical and theological research and teachings of Marcus J. Borg.  We will provide resources for study, conversation, and community building.


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Marcus Borg’s Books

Published Work

Marcus Borg has written / co-written 28 books about historical Jesus, modern Christianity, and other related progressive Christianity topics. Borg holds that traditional Christianity emphasizes God’s transcendence excessively. In books like, The God We Never Knew: Beyond Dogmatic Religion to A More Authentic Contemporary Faith, Borg contends that how we think about God matters, and that the Christian tradition makes sense if understood at a deeper level. To learn more about Borg’s views, here is a list of his publishings and topics:

  • Conflict and Social Change

  • The year of Luke: Advent/Christmas/Epiphany

  • Conflict

  • Jesus: A New Vision

  • The Search for Jesus: Modern Scholarship Looks at the Gospels

  • Jesus in Contemporary Scholarship

  • Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time

  • The Lost Gospel Q: The Original Sayings of Jesus

  • Jesus in 2000

  • Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings

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

  • Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?: A Debate Between William Lane Craig
    and John Dominic Crossan (Marcus Borg)

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

  • The Apocalyptic Jesus: A Debate

  • God in 2000

  • The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith

  • Jesus: Uncovering the Life

  • Living the Heart of Christianity: A Guide to Putting Your Faith into Action

  • The Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesus’s Final Week in Jerusalem

  • The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’ Birth

  • Stricken by God?

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

  • Conversations with Scripture – The Gospel of Mark

  • Putting Away Childish Things: A Tale of Modern Faith

  • Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning

  • Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were

  • Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most

This Month’s Featured Work

This month we feature: Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power – and How They Can Be Restored and Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written

During this month some of our quotes on Facebook will be drawn from these two books to give you an introduction to them.  Please download our study guide to help you with a few thoughts to prompt conversations about the books.

Continuing the Conversation
Who Will Save Us?

The “end times” have always been with us it seems. Early Christianity anticipated an apocalyptic end. They were sure it was close at hand. But “believers” were confident that what would follow would be “a new heaven and a new earth” sent from above by the power and will of God who would make all

Remembering the Morning Marc Died

Remembering the morning Marc died, January 21, 2015. The night before Marc died I said to him, Honey, if there is any way you can be in touch with me after… Marc looked at me with dismay. Perhaps the way Jesus looked at his disciples, How long have I been with you and yet you

Historical Jesus and Human Possibility

Jesus Lived Jesus was one of us.  There is no question that Jesus lived.  A scholar friend of mine put it this way:  we know he died, therefore, we know he lived.  The fact that Jesus of Nazareth was a real person is good news indeed. He saw possibilities in a time of war, oppression,

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We need to be born again. It is the road of return from our exile, the way to recover our true self, the path to beginning to live our lives from the inside out rather than from the outside in, the exodus from our individual and collective selfishness.

Marcus BorgThe Heart of Christianity, pg. 117, 119-120

An open heart is alive to wonder, to the sheer marvel of 'isness.' It is remarkable that the world is, that we are here, that we can experience it. The world is not ordinary. Indeed, what is remarkable is that it could ever look ordinary to us. An open heart knows 'radical amazement.'

Marcus BorgThe Heart of Christianity, page 161-2

An open heart and seeing go together. We see more clearly when our hearts are open – see the person right in front of our face, see the landscape stretched out before us. We move from darkness to light, from night to day, when we "see with the eyes of our heart enlightened." An open heart and enlightenment go together.

Marcus BorgThe Heart of Christianity, page 161

Religious Pluralism: Seeing Religions Again with Marcus Borg

Best-selling author Marcus Borg, Professor in Religion and Culture, uses a interdisciplinary approach to examine the role and importance of religions and religious pluralism in contemporary life in this presentation at UCSD.

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Dr. Marcus Borg

Dr. Marcus Borg speaks at the Episcopal Preaching Foundation’s conference in the Diocese of Olympia February 26, 2014

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