• Speaking Christian

  • Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power - And How They Can Be Restored
  • By: Marcus J. Borg
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 21-06-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (9 ratings)

Summary

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:


Redemption: now narrowly understood as Jesus saving us from sins so we can go to heaven, but in the Bible it refers to being set free from slavery.
Savior: now refers to Jesus as the one who saves us from our sins, but in the Bible it has a rich and wonderful variety of meanings having nothing to do with the afterlife.
Sacrifice: now refers to Jesus's death on the cross as payment for our sins, but in the Bible it is never about substitutionary payment for sin.
In Speaking Christian, Borg delivers a language for 21st-century Christians that grounds the faith in its deep and rich original roots and allows it once again to transform our lives.
©2011 Marcus J. Borg (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Marita Hartmann on 15-09-16

thank God for Marcus Borg. much needed.

This book can help those caught in life's paradox to finally understand God's undying love for His/Her creation. A refreshing look at what the Bible is trying to teach us. How can we as Christians embody a transformed way of living. Imagine the Justice, Peace and transformation if we could only understand these concepts.

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By Curt Curtis on 04-06-16

My favorite book from my favorite author.

I have now read this book and listened to it four or five times in the last three years. I Learn something each time. I just listened to it again, it seems especially appropriate in mid 2017

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