The Marcus J. Borg Foundation’s Mission Statement
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
This month we feature two of Marcus’s books. Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith draws on Marcus’s personal journey and how understanding the historical Jesus can lead to a more authentic Christian life. This is the perfect introduction to Marcus’s work.
The First Christmas: What the Gospels really teach about Jesus’s Birth was co-written with friend and colleague John Dominic Crossan. This book describes the context of the Christmas story, the different birth narratives in Matthew and Luke, and sheds fresh light on the meaning of these stories for us today.
You can find all of Marcus Borg’s books here.
Continuing the Conversation
Wolfgang Stahlberg and his wife Liliana, and Marc and I were close friends. The friendship began with Marc and Wolfgang. Marcus was invited to speak at the church Wolfgang served, Messiah Community Church Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Denver, Colorado. For years thereafter Marcus and Wolfgang exchanged ideas, hopes, concerns, open ended questions, sharedMORE
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,MORE
Christianity is one of the world’s great religions. The Christian story is a powerful story of hope and possibility. Even as it tells the story of the suffering of the innocent. How do we tell that story today? And how do we live to keep hope alive?MORE
Media and Publications
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.
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.'
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.