Putting Away Childish Things: A Tale of Modern Faith

Putting Away Childish Things: A Tale of Modern Faith

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by Marcus J. Borg
     
 

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“We all know that Marcus Borg is a gifted teacher, biblical scholar, and writer of nonfiction, but it turns out that he’s a master storyteller, too.”
— Brian D. McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity

Bestselling author, Bible scholar, and theologian Marcus Borg (Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, The Heart

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“We all know that Marcus Borg is a gifted teacher, biblical scholar, and writer of nonfiction, but it turns out that he’s a master storyteller, too.”
— Brian D. McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity

Bestselling author, Bible scholar, and theologian Marcus Borg (Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, The Heart of Christianity, The Last Week) uses his core teachings on faith and the Bible to demonstrate their transformative power and potential in Putting Away Childish Things: the moving, inspirational story of a college professor, her students, and a crisis of faith.

Editorial Reviews

The Most Rev. - Katharine Jefferts Schori
"Professor Borg spins a fine yarn and teaches much in the process, yielding a whole cloth of integrated and inquiring Christianity. Let’s hope there is a second tapestry to come!"
Julia Spencer-Fleming
“Putting Away Childish Things is a page-turning tale grappling with issues of faith confronting today’s church. An inspiring and compelling story that will be treasured and revisited, Borg’s illuminating insights and all-too-human characters make theology accessible to all.”
Tom Krattenmaker
“The form is different with Marcus Borg’s insightful new novel, but the reader’s experience and payoff are the same as with his many excellent non-fiction books: this is a great read that leads to a deeper, more hopeful understanding of the meaning and possibilities of Christian faith today.”
Bill Dahl
“The story provokes ample opportunity for dialog on a personal and a group level. A wonderful novel.... You look forward to returning to digest more of this splendidly crafted tale.... Powerful, memorable and one that you can confidently recommend to others….as I now recommend it to you.”
Progression of Faith
“Can a world renowned biblical scholar really write an entertaining work of fiction? The answer is absolutely YES! I was hooked by the end of the first chapter.”
Beatitudes Review
“Borg takes advantage of [main character] Kate’s syllabus to teach readers what she teaches her students… The reader audits Prof. Riley’s class and, thereby, drinks from Marcus Borg’s font of knowledge about the Enlightenment, theology and religion…. [Borg] writes plainly, warmly, and with truth.”
Presbymergent-Musings
“I see this novel as an ingenious way to open up dialogue between Christians of differing points of view, and as a window into Borg’s understanding of what it means to be truly Christian in a world that has become rather inhospitable to Christianity and its claims.”
Treehouse Monastic
“Borg writes fiction with passion. While the book raises many questions about faith, religion, and relationships, it also functions by itself as [a] truly moving story. I highly recommend this book for skeptics and people of faith alike.”
Beliefnet Editors
“In the end, it’s the kind of novel where you underline teaching points that have been madeespecially well and dog-ear the pages in which the author has included poetry that speaks to urgent human questions.”
Spirituality & Practice
“In Putting Away Childish Things, Borg has chosen fiction as the best vehicle for exploringChristianity, important questions of career and vocation, and thorny issues within the churchsuch as fundamentalism and homosexuality. This imaginative excursion is handled with aplomb…A thought-provoking novel.”
Christian Century
“Borg offers up a didactic novel that explores some of the thorniest theological issues facing the Christian community. ... he is to be commended for taking up a new form of literature to share his theological perspective—a perspective that many have found to be generous, open and hopeful.”
A Wee Blether
“I thoroughly enjoyed the book and wholeheartedly recommend it…. Many a book group will enjoy discussing Putting Away Childish Things, and many a questioning Christian’s faith will be sustained by the story.”
The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
“Professor Borg spins a fine yarn and teaches much in the process, yielding a whole cloth of integrated and inquiring Christianity. Let’s hope there is a second tapestry to come!”
Library Journal
Set in the Midwest, this evangelical story introduces Kate, a professor at a small liberal arts college whose tenure is threatened because her teaching and writing are considered too Christian. In her classes and out of them, she expounds on what the Bible has to say about major subjects of contention in the world today. VERDICT Borg (Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time) is a distinguished professor of religion and culture at Oregon State University, so the setting of the novel reads realistically. That being said, the tale is too preachy, as if the author's only aim is to expound on his own personal beliefs. [Ebook: ISBN 978-0-06-199132-5.]

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061991325
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/20/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
657,092
File size:
1 MB

What People are saying about this

Tom Krattenmaker
“The form is different with Marcus Borg’s insightful new novel, but the reader’s experience and payoff are the same as with his many excellent non-fiction books: this is a great read that leads to a deeper, more hopeful understanding of the meaning and possibilities of Christian faith today.”
Bill Dahl
“The story provokes ample opportunity for dialog on a personal and a group level. A wonderful novel.... You look forward to returning to digest more of this splendidly crafted tale.... Powerful, memorable and one that you can confidently recommend to others….as I now recommend it to you.”
Katharine Jefferts Schori
“Professor Borg spins a fine yarn and teaches much in the process, yielding a whole cloth of integrated and inquiring Christianity. Let’s hope there is a second tapestry to come!”
Julia Spencer-Fleming
“Putting Away Childish Things is a page-turning tale grappling with issues of faith confronting today’s church. An inspiring and compelling story that will be treasured and revisited, Borg’s illuminating insights and all-too-human characters make theology accessible to all.”
A Wee Blether
“I thoroughly enjoyed the book and wholeheartedly recommend it…. Many a book group will enjoy discussing Putting Away Childish Things, and many a questioning Christian’s faith will be sustained by the story.”

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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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