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The God We Never Knew


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Marcus J. Borg is Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University, He is the author of Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Jesus: A New Vision and Jesus at 2000. He lives in Portland, OR.


Under three headings‘thinking about God, imaging God, and living with God‘Borg (religion and culture, Oregon State Univ.; Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, LJ 1/94) examines what belief entails today. Borg holds that traditional Christianity emphasizes God's transcendence too much; he makes a case for pantheism, that is, God as spirit present in the world. Borg argues that how we think about God matters, and that the Christian tradition makes sense if understood at a deeper level. He seems not to believe in the divinity of Jesus, nor even necessarily in a transcendent God, but comes across as an honest seeker after meaning. While not all readers will agree with him, Borg offers a compelling reflection on what it means to believe today, and his discussion of the politics of compassion and of images of salvation are noteworthy. For both general readers and scholars.‘Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, N.J.

'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

In his new book, Borg (Religion, Oregon State) has done for God what he did for Jesus in a previous book, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time. Examining God from an intellectual, theological and experiential standpoint, Borg gently dismantles images of God that, in the last 30 or 40 years, have ceased to be persuasive to many, and offers a new and compelling portrait of God that invites readers to reconsider their relationship with the sacred. Borg argues that older images of a monarchical God who is distant from us discourage intimacy with God. These models' images of domination and subjection, according to Borg, carry over into our relationship with nature, politics and one another. Borg's alternative image of God, "the belonging model," portrays a compassionate God who is always with and amongst us, seeking relationship. Writing clearly, summarizing some of the best of contemporary theology in nontechnical language, Borg continues to speak to, and to challenge, the widest possible audience. (May)

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