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The God We Never Knew : Beyond Dogmatic Religion to a More Authentic Contemporary Faith - Marcus J Borg

The God We Never Knew

Beyond Dogmatic Religion to a More Authentic Contemporary Faith

Paperback Published: 19th May 2015
ISBN: 9780060610357
Number Of Pages: 192

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Answering the many "spiritual" questions left unaddressed by such popular historical bestsellers as "A History of God" and "God: A Biography," renowned author Marcus Borg reveals how to embrace an authentic contemporary faith that reconciles God with science, critical thinking and religious pluralism.

How to have faith--how to even think about God--without having to stifle modern rationality is one of the most vital challenges facing contemporary religion. In providing a much-needed solution to the problem of how to have a fully authentic yet fully contemporary understanding of God, Borg--author of the bestselling "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time"--traces his personal journey. He leads readers from the all-powerful and authoritarian God of his (and their) childhood and traditional faith to an equally powerful but dynamic image of God that is relevant to contemporary seekers and more biblical and spiritually authentic. Borg shows how the modern crisis of faith is itself rooted in delusion--misinterpretation of biblical texts and of God's true nature--and challenges readers to a new way of thinking about God. He opens a practical discussion about how to base a relationship with the divine both immanent and transcendant, here and now, always and everywhere.

Arguing that the authentic Judeo-Christian tradition is that God's being includes the whole world, Borg persuasively shows how this understanding accounts for the whole variety of human religious experience. Ultimately, he introduces readers to a way of thinking about God who is "right here" all around them, rather than distant and remote. This understanding is more intellectually and spiritually satisfying and allows readers to reclaim a stronger sense of God's presence.

Industry Reviews

'Writing clearly, summarixing some of the best of contemporary theology in non-technical language, Borg continues to speak to, and to challenge, the widest possible audience.' Publishers Weekly 'A breath of fresh air, a liberating book for Jews and Christians alike.' Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Prefacep. VII
Introductionp. I
Meeting God Again for the First Time
Thinking About God
Thinking About God: The God I Met the First Timep. 11
Thinking About God: Why Panentheism?p. 32
Imaging God
Imaging God: Why and How It Mattersp. 57
Imaging God: Jesus and Godp. 84
Living with God
Opening to God: The Heart of Spiritualityp. 111
The Dream of God: A Politics of Compassionp. 132
Salvation: What on Earth Do We Mean?p. 156
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9780060610357
ISBN-10: 0060610352
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 19th May 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.8  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.15