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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2001

    Encouragement For Those Struggling With Doubts About Mainline Christian Beliefs

    In THE GOD WE NEVER KNEW Borg invites the reader to enter into a relationship with God. The author draws heavily upon his own personal experiences as an inclusive Christian who does not hold a literal interpretation of the Bible. Borg's account of his search for a meaningful relationship with God will provide encouragement to anyone struggling with doubts about mainline Christian beliefs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Excellent

    Mr. Borg helped me go back to being a part of religion that didnt make sense to me before. Highly recommended for anyone struggling with doctrines and faith.

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  • Posted July 14, 2010

    Commendable

    I would like to commend Marcus Borg for writing this book. In it he admits his struggles in coming into a concept of God, Christ, The Spirit and the scriptures that met his personal spiritual needs. The title "The God We Never Knew" is an attention getter. It certainly should be expected to get a response from many that would probably say "speak for yourself Mr Borg, we have known for some time the God that you have only recently discovered after many years of searching". I don't mean in any way to belittle Mr Borg's spiritual journey, but I am simply anticipating the fact that some believers will feel this way. However to Mr Borg's credit he does emphasize more than once that this was "his journey" and perhaps, I might add, the journey of many others.

    We must admire the candidness and scholarly depth with which he takes us through the many avenues of thought that finally led him to his current position of faith and his joyful experience in the grace of God. Being a professor of religion he could not avoid the many challenges to his faith and reason which would naturally have to be wrestled with if he hoped to address his students and peers with confidence. Many of the theological concepts, philosophical concepts, and psychological concepts he examines in his book would have the average person of relgious faith going around in circles.

    The terms used,and the concepts expounded would weary many peoples minds. I will not even mention the various terms,or categories of thought he delves into because that would defeat the purpose of others reading the book, which should be read by people who have a strong interest in a rather thorough presentation of religion in general and of Christianity in particular.
    Actually, the long road that Mr Borg take us on is to finally show that our concepts of God can either bring us closer in our understanding and experience of him or take us farther from him within our own minds. He recognizes some of the concepts that put God far from us in our minds stems from ideas presented in the Bible itself. He also acknowledges that
    the same Bible presents other ideas that culminate in particular through Christ in bringing us closer to God in our minds and in our hearts. If you want pro's and con's and then conclusions in the validation of your faith, then this is an excellent book for study and especially if you wnat to follow through with searching out his notes, references and citations.

    My chief concern with the book is it's easy reference in one section to "myths" in the Bible when referring to the virgin birth, and some other recorded events in the Bible. To me when you start to "mythologize" any part of the scriptures you are in danger of tearing up a part of the foundation of the Christian faith. Thurman L. Faison, Author To The Spiritually Inclined (Volume 1)

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