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Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power - and How They Can Be Restored
     

Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power - and How They Can Be Restored

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by Marcus J. Borg
 

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In Speaking Christian, acclaimed Bible scholar Marcus Borg, author of Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, argues that the very language Christians use has become dangerously distilled, distorted, and disconnected from the beliefs which once underpinned it.

Stating a case that will resonate with readers of N. T. Wright’s Simply

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In Speaking Christian, acclaimed Bible scholar Marcus Borg, author of Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, argues that the very language Christians use has become dangerously distilled, distorted, and disconnected from the beliefs which once underpinned it.

Stating a case that will resonate with readers of N. T. Wright’s Simply Christian, Borg calls for a radical change to the language we use to invoke our beliefs—the only remedy that will allow the Church's words to once again ring with truth, power, and hope.

Editorial Reviews

CNN
Speaking Christian correctly may seem like it’s just a fuss over semantics, but it’s ultimately about something bigger: defining Christianity… When Christians forget what their words mean, they forget what their faith means.
Englewood Review of Books
“A primer to help correct misunderstandings and help those unfamiliar with Christian language become fluent. . . . An important figure on topics from the historical Jesus to religion and culture, he challenges Christians to live for God’s justice in the world and not just focus on the next world.”
Read the Spirit
“Ranks with his earlier volumes as efforts to renew and rebuild Christianity by healing long-standing wounds and welcoming millions of alienated men and women.”
Anne Sutherland Howard
“This book could start a revolution. Borg cracks open the encrusted words of faith and pops them into fresh language that people can understand and trust. The last time this happened, we got the Reformation.”
Library Journal
Borg (Canon Theologian, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, OR; Reading the Bible Again for the First Time) is an esteemed and much-published author in theology and biblical criticism. As a member of the Jesus Seminar and chair of the Historical Jesus section of the Society of Biblical Literature, however, he is not without his detractors. His latest book will delight his friends and continue to confound his adversaries. Here, he makes a convincing argument for a contextual reading of the words and experience of the New Testament. To Borg, we face a choice between a faith mesmerized by our fate in the next world and a faith that focuses on the transformation of this world. VERDICT Borg's approach makes the complexity of his ideas transparent; his ideas will appeal strongly to individual Christians, as well as the unchurched.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062078681
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/12/2011
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
295,328
File size:
1 MB

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Anne Sutherland Howard
“This book could start a revolution. Borg cracks open the encrusted words of faith and pops them into fresh language that people can understand and trust. The last time this happened, we got the Reformation.”

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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Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power -- And How They Can Be Restored 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Mark72 More than 1 year ago
Anyone who THINKS they are a Christian, and also those who may think they are NOT, should read this book. Language is dynamic and always changing. Words get old and overused, and sometimes hijacked by groups for their own agenda, and thus end up with different meanings than in their original usage. Translations of ancient languages must be made in the context of ancient people's lives to understand word usage and meaning. Christian thinking should be a fresh, creative approach to living and this book helps restore a freshness to Christianity. Marcus Borg has given us an honest, historically correct viewpoint that could change everything you thought you knew about Christianity.
Robb Fanning More than 1 year ago
If you want help unpacking your Christianity, this is a great tool! God bless.
davep More than 1 year ago
Great insights into the meaning of the original authors of the New Testament, as taken from history and other writings, and how these sayings and portions of the bible are used to make personal points that become commonly accepted, even though greatly different or just the opposite of the original thinking. Good read for the more free thinking Christian.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A series of wordy comments on the REAL meaning of the descriptive words in the Bible. Somewhat elementary, I must say, actually a flashback to grade school age Sunday School lessons.
TedMorgan More than 1 year ago
A few years ago, I would have been quite taken with this book. Now, I realise that I am no longer within the Christian orbit. I have somehow left at least the expressions of it that would have once made this work meaningful to me. Professor Borg is a good teacher and a popular writer who does clarify basic words and concepts about Christian experience.
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RichB More than 1 year ago
Expository writing should have a discernible thesis;this piece pretends to but ultimately fails in the end. When reaching the end we discover the literal-fundamentalists are appropriating the world's mightiest military and are in fact a tremendous threat to those of correct method and understanding; we liberals. However, if this is so, as I believe he intends, there is no clear direction for redemption of our former status save scholarship which has not worked in the past. I would spend my time reading something with hope and instruction rather than this.