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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

Gratitude for Marcus Borg

Gratitude for Marcus Borg

Adam Ericksen

I'm grateful that Borg has opened the door for my progressive friends to remain intellectually honest and grapple the big questions.

Marcus Borg 1942-2015

Marcus Borg 1942-2015

Michael F. Bird

For me, Marcus Borg was a brilliant liberal Christian scholar, who sought to make Christianity palpable to the modern world.

In Honor of Marcus Borg

In Honor of Marcus Borg

Brian McLaren

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.

Remembering Marcus

Remembering Marcus

Frederick Schmidt

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.

Breathing Room: the Legacy of Marcus Borg

Breathing Room: the Legacy of Marcus Borg

Erin Wathen

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.

Marcus’ Striped Socks

Marcus’ Striped Socks

Jenny Warner

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.

We Had This Treasure in an Earthen Vessel: Marcus Borg, a modern-day divine

We Had This Treasure in an Earthen Vessel: Marcus Borg, a modern-day divine

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.

Admiring Marcus Borg

Admiring Marcus Borg

James F. McGrath

Even when I didn’t find his views persuasive, I appreciated his arguments, his clarity, and most of all his honesty.

Marcus Borg: The Legacy of a Theological Mystic

Marcus Borg: The Legacy of a Theological Mystic

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.

HarperOne Mourns Marcus Borg

HarperOne Mourns Marcus Borg

Guest Contributor

Marcus Borg was an internationally revered speaker and scholar who authored/ co‐authored 21 books, some of which were national bestsellers.

Remembering Our Death: What May Be at Stake

Remembering Our Death: What May Be at Stake

Marcus Borg

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.

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