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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,
In Speaking Christian, 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.
Dr. Borg believes Christian language needs to be set free from its contemporary literalism.
This book is clearly written and very helpful in my study of Christianity as well as my ability to think through important aspects of my growth as a Christian.
His book helps us to see christianity as a beautiful, spiritual and at the same time reasonable religion for our days.
If you have read other Borg books, you know these terms already. Not that much new here.Published 7 days ago by Swami
Words matter: context, experience and evolution add meaning. By putting key words of Christian language into their primary context and unpacking their contextual meanings, Marcus... Read morePublished 27 days ago by David G. Barton
This book is a real eye opener and it shows how the conserviative right has hijacked Christianity by not understanding context and language of scripture.Published 2 months ago by J. Wood Jr.
This book should be required reading for every christian and non-Christian. It is clear and extremely helpful. It clarifies many of the Biblical concepts and ideas. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Vincent Degregoris
The author in general does a good job of outlining the historical development of key Christian concepts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul G. Schloemer
I loved Speaking Christian. It is so well written and urges one to do a great amount of thinking about the various topics presented by the author.Published 3 months ago by Glenn McGuire
I had big expectations about this book but unfortunately it only discussed American fundamentalist influenced Christianity. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paananen Terhi
This is a clearly written book. Borg's presents his explanations of the titles and practices so important to Christians in a thoughtful, well-researched manner. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kathleen C. Paige
Excellent summation of how the historical changes to the meanings we have given to such words as "salvation", "sin", "redemption" which
have corrupted the modern face of... Read more