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Marcus J. Borg : The Heart of a Christian

Marcus-Borg-3-10-2014-2ndThis past Wednesday evening, January 21,2015, my wife Janie and I along with countless others were saddened to learn of the death of noted follower of Jesus, theologian, professor, author and speaker Marcus Borg. Author of countless books on Jesus and living the Christian life, Mr. Borg has been a huge influence on my wife’s and my life. Of his many books, my favorite is The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith, published in 2003. On the first pages, Marcus writes: “I write with both conviction and passion. The conviction: Christianity makes sense….The passion: to communicate this way of seeing to those for whom an earlier understanding of Christianity makes little or no sense. They number in the millions. Some have left the church, the so-called ‘church alumni association.’ …Others remain within the church but struggle with the beliefs they learned in childhood… And some,especially many under forty, have never been very involved in the church and find little in Christianity that attracts them, but often are hungry for a source of meaning and values….To use words I owe to my wife, Marianne [an episcopal priest], this is a book ‘for lovers of faith and those seeking a faith to love.’  ”  In other words , on both counts , this is a book for me, and is why I return to it over and over again.

In a heart-felt tribute to Marcus, his friend Brian McLaren speaks for many of us when he says:

it also gave me the chance to eavesdrop on what people were saying to Marcus. Person after person said almost the same words, “If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be a Christian today … I dropped out of church but came back after I read one of your books … I’m still a Christian because of you … I became a Christian because of your books.”

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