The Heart of Christianity

  • by Marcus J. Borg
  • Narrated by John Pruden
  • 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

World-renowned Jesus scholar Marcus J. Borg shows how we can live passionately as Christians in today's world by practicing the vital elements of Christian faith.
For the millions of people who have turned away from many traditional beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible, but still long for a relevant, nourishing faith, Borg shows why the Christian life can remain a transforming relationship with God. Emphasizing the critical role of daily practice in living the Christian life, he explores how prayer, worship, Sabbath, pilgrimage, and more can be experienced as authentically life-giving practices.
Borg reclaims terms and ideas once thought to be the sole province of evangelicals and fundamentalists: he shows that terms such as "born again" have real meaning for all Christians; that the "Kingdom of God" is not a bulwark against secularism but is a means of transforming society into a world that values justice and love; and that the Christian life is essentially about opening one's heart to God and to others.

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Irritating to say the least

On the bad side: So the Bible and the word of "God" are open to interpretation and subject to, what he refers to as, paradigms? Is he honestly saying that belief and the meaning of Christianity are influenced by the zeitgeist of any given age?! Because if that is the message I really don't think that it paints Christianity in a good light. If nothing else it makes it way too pliable and wishy-washy. To be fair I haven't finished the whole book yet but so far all he's done is try to 'square the circle' by constantly trying to bend Christianity fit in with what we know to be true and/or believable. Try as he might he simply can't make a square peg in a round hole.



I will hammer away at it because I hate putting a book down but this one has made me do so out of pure frustration. I feel like I'm wasting my time reading it. His arguments are weak and justifications and apologies for Christianity tend to make a strong case for Humanism rather than proselytise for his faith.



There'll be no rediscovering here today I'm afraid.



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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-06-2011
  • Publisher: HarperAudio