Marcus Borg’s The Heart of Christianity: How We Can Be Passionate Believers Today has been waiting on my to review pile for a while now. I loved this book but I’m not at all sure I can write a review that does it justice. Not only is it well worth reading, it ought to be required reading.
He tackles several main points regarding the meaning of faith and Jesus in today’s world. He writes in the Preface:
For some time now I have been convinced that there are no serious intellectual obstacles to being Christian. There is a way of seeing Christianity that makes persuasive and compelling sense of life in the broadest sense–a way of seeing reality and our lives in relationship to what is real; a way of seeing God, our relationship to God, and the path of transformation. The sacrifice that Christianity asks of us in not ultimately a sacrifice of the intellect.
This is one of those books I wish someone had given me in 1995, alas, it wasn’t published until 2003 and then took me 12 more years to find it. Borg had the words I have lacked and the nerve to publish them. I understand the faith he describes–it makes sense rather than nonsense out of the world. This is the book to give to anyone debating leaving church or experiencing one of those hideous crisis that makes a mockery of the idea of a loving God. It is also the book for anyone who just wants a good, well-written read to deepen understanding. Borg holds no punches regarding differing ways of approaching faith, the Bible, God and life itself.
Go read it, I’ll wait right here and then we can talk about it.