Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power - And How They Can Be Restored

4.03 avg rating
( 768 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780061976551: Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power - And How They Can Be Restored

In Speaking Christian, acclaimed Bible scholar Marcus Borg, author of Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, argues that the very language Christians use has become dangerously distilled, distorted, and disconnected from the beliefs which once underpinned it.

Stating a case that will resonate with readers of N. T. Wright’s Simply Christian, Borg calls for a radical change to the language we use to invoke our beliefs—the only remedy that will allow the Church's words to once again ring with truth, power, and hope.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

Modern Christians are steeped in a language so distorted that it has become a stumbling block to the religion, says internationally renowned Bible scholar Marcus J. Borg. Borg argues that Christianity’s important words, and the sacred texts and stories in which those words are embedded, have been narrowed by a modern framework for the faith that emphasizes sin, forgiveness, Jesus dying for our sins, and the afterlife. Here, Borg employs the “historical-metaphorical” method for understanding Christian language that can restore for us these words of power and transformation. For example,

  • Redemption: now narrowly understood as Jesus saving us from sins so we can go to heaven, but in the Bible it refers to being set free from slavery.
  • Savior: now refers to Jesus as the one who saves us from our sins, but in the Bible it has a rich and wonderful variety of meanings having nothing to do with the afterlife.
  • Sacrifice: now refers to Jesus’s death on the cross as payment for our sins, but in the Bible it is never about substitutionary payment for sin.

In Speaking Christian, Borg delivers a language for twenty-first-century Christians that grounds the faith in its deep and rich original roots and allows it once again to transform our lives.

About the Author:

Marcus J. Borg is canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, and was Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University. Described by the New York Times as "a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars," he has appeared on NBC's The Today Show and Dateline, ABC's World News, and NPR's Fresh Air. He is the author of the bestselling books Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, The Heart of Christianity, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, The God We Never Knew, Jesus, Speaking Christian, and The Evolution of the Word. His blog appears on the Progressive Christian Channel of Patheos.com.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Borg, Marcus J.
Published by HarperOne 2011-04-12 (2011)
ISBN 10: 0061976555 ISBN 13: 9780061976551
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ebooksweb COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperOne 2011-04-12, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0061976555. Bookseller Inventory # Z0061976555ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 5.03
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Borg, Marcus J.
Published by HarperOne
ISBN 10: 0061976555 ISBN 13: 9780061976551
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Vital Products COM LLC
(southampton, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperOne. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0061976555. Bookseller Inventory # Z0061976555ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 5.03
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Borg, Marcus J.
Published by HarperOne (2011)
ISBN 10: 0061976555 ISBN 13: 9780061976551
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Redux Books
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperOne, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Hardcover in dust jacket. An unused, unmarked and unblemished copy!; 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! Ships same or next business day!. Bookseller Inventory # 41611280017

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.08
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Borg, Marcus J.
Published by HarperOne (2011)
ISBN 10: 0061976555 ISBN 13: 9780061976551
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperOne, 2011. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: In Speaking Christian, acclaimed Bible scholar Marcus Borg, author of Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, argues that the very language Christians use has become dangerously distilled, distorted, and disconnected from the beliefs which once underpinned it. Stating a case that will resonate with readers of N. T. Wright's Simply Christian, Borg calls for a radical change to the language we use to invoke our beliefsthe only remedy that will allow the Church's words to once again ring with truth, power, and hope. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0061976555

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Borg, Marcus J.
Published by HarperOne
ISBN 10: 0061976555 ISBN 13: 9780061976551
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 20
Seller
Paseo Books
(Mesa, AZ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperOne. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0061976555 New. Bookseller Inventory # Z0061976555ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Borg, Marcus J.
ISBN 10: 0061976555 ISBN 13: 9780061976551
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97800619765511.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Borg, Marcus J.
Published by HarperOne (2011)
ISBN 10: 0061976555 ISBN 13: 9780061976551
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperOne, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0061976555

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Borg, Marcus J.
Published by HarperOne (2011)
ISBN 10: 0061976555 ISBN 13: 9780061976551
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperOne, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0061976555

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Borg, Marcus J.
Published by HarperOne (2011)
ISBN 10: 0061976555 ISBN 13: 9780061976551
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperOne, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110061976555

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 42.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Borg, Marcus J.
Published by Harperone (2011)
ISBN 10: 0061976555 ISBN 13: 9780061976551
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harperone, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 248 pages. 8.75x5.75x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0061976555

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 46.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.51
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds