The Bible as Human Product

“I let go of the notion that the Bible is a divine product. I learned that it is a human cultural product, the product of two ancient communities, biblical Israel and early Christianity. As such, it contained their understandings and affirmations, not statements coming directly or somewhat directly from God. . . . I realized [Read More...]

Is This Atheism?

Dale Tuggy posted not that long ago on the late Marcus Borg’s view of God, declaring it essentially a form of atheism. This is a very old accusation. Mystics in the Islamic tradition were accused of pantheism, which Richard Dawkins famously declared to be nothing more than “sexed-up atheism.” Hume depicts the mystical theist Philo [Read More...]

Marcus Borg 1942-2015

The news has been breaking that Marcus Borg has passed away. Borg was an important figure in two areas that I also live and work in: Biblical studies, with particular focus on the historical Jesus; and progressive Christianity. Borg wrote a number of excellent books, including ones which illustrated the ability of people who disagree [Read More...]

Doubts, Erasers, and Mentors

Val Webb shared a talk that she gave on on faith, beliefs, and theological hospitality. Here’s a sample: When theologian John Cobb, a child of missionaries, entered the University of Chicago, he said: In a few months, I discovered that my understanding of Christianity melted away through my exposure to the thought of the modern [Read More...]

Borg on the Bible

The quote is from Marcus Borg’s recent post about progressive Christians and the Bible. Hopefully the title did not lead you to expect something more like this: [Read more...]

You Can Believe All The Right Things…

I’ve shared this quotation from Marcus Borg before, but it must have been a while ago, and so here it is again. [Read more...]

The Tyranny of Fundamentalist Language (and More)

Race Hochdorf has a new website which readers will find interesting, and on it a new post, “The Tyranny of Fundamentalist Language.” He writes: The reason why it is impossible to debate a fundamentalist, is because their very language psychologically traps them into their frames of mind. Click through to read the whole thing, including [Read More...]

Lost Gospels

Mark Goodacre posted on the scholarly construct Q, and highlights the difference between that and a lost Gospel, one that we knew from its being mentioned in ancient texts existed, but it no longer does. He nicely relates this to the rediscovery of two Doctor Who episodes from the Patrick Troughton era. Of course, if [Read More...]

Marcus Borg Has Been Assimilated!

Marcus Borg has joined the Patheos collective! His introductory post is called “Meeting Marcus Borg Again for the First Time” (many will get the allusion to the titles of a couple of his books). Given that a while back Patheos was compared to the Borg from Star Trek, I foresee numerous puns in that vein [Read More...]

You Can Believe and Still be a Jerk

Having shared a humorous reference to Marcus Borg recently, I thought I ought to share something more serious that he actually wrote. In the image and in the text below, is an insightful statement from Borg about the problems which arise when one defines Christianity in terms of believing certain things to be true, rather [Read More...]


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