Marcus J. Borg, beloved husband and father, renowned teacher, author and leading scholar of the historical Jesus, New Testament and contemporary Christianity, died on January 21, 2015, following a battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was 72 years of age.
A pioneer of the Progressive Christian movement, Marcus Borg is remembered by many as one who led them back to Christianity, through his generous and thoughtful teachings on the historical Jesus and how we might live our lives in faithful response. In memory, our bloggers and readers share how Marcus Borg impacted their lives and work.
Remembering Marcus Borg
I'm grateful that Borg has opened the door for my progressive friends to remain intellectually honest and grapple the big questions.
Michael F. Bird
For me, Marcus Borg was a brilliant liberal Christian scholar, who sought to make Christianity palpable to the modern world.
Marcus Borg did justice, loved kindness, and walked humbly with God. I miss him deeply, honor him warmly, and will always remember him with great respect and gratitude.
I came to different conclusions about a number of issues, but Marc was always incisive, tenacious, thoughtful, and unfailingly gracious; and over the years he became a cherished friend.
Marcus Borg was the leading edge of Progressive Christianity, before we ever even had words like Progressive Christianity. Today, at the sad news of his death, many of us are mindful that he gave us the lexicon for this journey.
More than all of his words, the generosity, grace and kindness of his spirit along with those self-effacing striped socks will continue to provide a smile, courage when the journey is hard, and gratitude for the gift of a day with such an amazing soul.
David R. Henson
Today, even as I am sad at his death, I give thanks for Marcus, for being an earthen vessel for the Good News for so many of us here.
James F. McGrath
Even when I didn’t find his views persuasive, I appreciated his arguments, his clarity, and most of all his honesty.
Teresa B. Pasquale
Marcus Borg was a rare and beautiful paradox in a time of great social, political and religious polarities. He gave me a view of a great jewel – theology that could be both mystic and critical, which could explore the questions of the cosmos without needing to assert certitude.
Marcus Borg was an internationally revered speaker and scholar who authored/ co‐authored 21 books, some of which were national bestsellers.
Finally, Marcus was kind enough to participate in a Public Square we hosted at Patheos a few months back. The topic seems apt. We hope you enjoy it.