Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most

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Marcus J. Borg, preeminent theologian and Bible scholar, refects on his life and how he developed his most bedrock convictions and why they matter. the result is a manifesto for all progressive Christians who seek the best path for following Jesus today. With each chapter embodying a distinct conviction, Borg writes provocatively and compellingly on the beliefs that can ...

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Overview

Marcus J. Borg, preeminent theologian and Bible scholar, refects on his life and how he developed his most bedrock convictions and why they matter. the result is a manifesto for all progressive Christians who seek the best path for following Jesus today. With each chapter embodying a distinct conviction, Borg writes provocatively and compellingly on the beliefs that can deeply ground us and guide us:

  • God Is Real and a Mystery
  • Salvation Is More About This Life Than an Afterlife
  • The Bible Can Be True Without Being Literally True
  • Jesus's Death on the Cross Matters—But Not Because He Paid for Our Sins
  • God Is Passionate About Justice and the Poor
  • To Love God Is to Love Like God

Rich in wisdom and insight, Convictions is sure to, become a classic of contemporary Christianity.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
Because "context matters," religion scholar Borg (The Heart of Christianity) reviews the itinerary of his spiritual journey toward his life's convictions. An expert on the historical Jesus who has written 14 books (including a fine novel), Borg bases his biblical exegeses in scripture, reason and tradition; another three-legged stool—memories, conversations, and convictions—shapes this forthright book. He explores how he came to his opinions, from boy to man to elder of 70, beginning with his birth in Minnesota to conservative, Republican, Lutheran parents in a mixed marriage (his mother was descended from Norwegians; his father, Swedes). He became a scholar, a liberal Episcopalian in Oregon, the husband of a priest. He intertwines his considerable knowledge of the Bible and of Christianity with exploration of his life at lectern and in pulpit. He writes honestly and clearly, defining as he goes, always educating. He does not shy from laying out controversies among contemporary Christians, especially progressives v. conservatives, and he analyzes Jesus, the Bible, and the Cross. He closes with wonder: "Imagine that Christianity is about loving God." (May)
Karen Armstrong
Both challenging and illuminating.
Frederick Buechner
Writing with a simplicity that never becomes simplistic, Borg manages to convey the essence of Christianity in a way that does justice to those who do not share his views and will greatly enrich the understanding of those who do.
Walter Brueggemann
Marcus Borg is a key force in the emerging “new paradigm” of Christian faith.
Walter Wink
“In every generation there are a handful of writers of whom it can be said, “Read everything they write.” Marcus Borg is one of these today.”
Thomas Moore
“All Christians and those interested in Christianity from a distance should read all his books.”
Read The Spirit
“Conveys an overall message that is both simple and urgently needed: Change is a good and natural part of Christian life.”
Booklist
“An excellent introduction for general readers who stand outside the Christian tradition as well as those interested in considering how faith changes as they mature.”
Clarion Journal of Spirituality and Justice
One of those rare books . . . simply written [and] deep enough to inspire serious thought...Everyone would do well to pick it up, examine Dr. Borg’s personal convictions, and glean from a man with so much life experience and spiritual wisdom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062269973
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/20/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 26,646
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcus J. Borg (1942–2015) was a pioneering author and teacher whom the New York Times described as "a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars." He was the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, and he appeared on NBC's The Today Show and Dateline, ABC's World News, and NPR's Fresh Air. His books have sold over a million copies, including the bestselling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Jesus, The Heart of Christianity, Evolution of the Word, Speaking Christian, and Convictions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Living the Examined Life as a Mainline Protestant

    This is as clear and honest an appology for Chrstianity and living a modern religios life as I'm aware of, It's written at a level accessable to all readers who are old enough to have begun to think critically, teenage years and up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2015

    This is a wonderful book of the experience and learning of a hum

    This is a wonderful book of the experience and learning of a humble Christian. This book is not preachy or judgmental. It is simply his understanding and experience shared . Great book easy to read and understand

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