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The Heart of Christianity : Rediscovering a Life of Faith - Marcus J. Borg

The Heart of Christianity

Rediscovering a Life of Faith

Paperback Published: 17th August 2004
ISBN: 9780060730680
Number Of Pages: 256
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.

About 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.

Industry Reviews

"Marcus Borg brings expert knowledge, insight, and warmth to this revisiting of Christianity's heart and soul. He makes absolute sense." -- Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and The Soul's Religion "Highly readable ... a valuable glimpse into the essence of Christianity... Borg writes with clarity and precision." -- Publishers Weekly "A winsome, accessible, pastoral offering ... Borg provides a way for an important, positive, and serious rethinking of the gospel." -- Walter Brueggemann, Christian Century "This ambitious, substantive, and boldly political resource establishes the terms for a conversation that will no doubt continue for years... [A] watershed work." -- Spirituality and Practice

Changed my Life


For the first time, I have found someone who puts together a believable portrait of exactly what Christianity is and its' beliefs. Very easy to read, short chapters, wonderful.



Lucid view of emerging church


Good summary of the Emerging or Progressive Church



The Heart of Christianity

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Preface: What Does It Mean to Be Christian Today?
The Heart of Christianity in a Time of Changep. 1
Faith: The Way of the Heartp. 25
The Bible: The Heart of the Traditionp. 43
God: The Heart of Realityp. 61
Jesus: The Heart of Godp. 80
Born Again: A New Heartp. 103
The Kingdom of God: The Heart of Justicep. 126
Thin Places: Opening the Heartp. 149
Sin and Salvation: Transforming the Heartp. 164
The Heart of the Matter: Practicep. 187
Heart and Home: Being Christian in an Age of Pluralismp. 207
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780060730680
ISBN-10: 0060730684
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 17th August 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 14.1  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.19