Archive: Marcus Borg
For those who identify "the way things have been" with the will of God, change is difficult.
By Marcus Borg | October 12, 2010; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (7)
Contemporary seminary education -mainline Protestant and Catholic - leads to a different understanding of what it means to Christian than what much of "common Christianity" affirms.
By Marcus Borg | March 16, 2010; 03:16 PM ET | Comments (22)
"Holy war" is very different. In "holy war," the cause of the warriors is identified with the will of God, and the enemy is identified as the enemy of God. In "holy war," anything goes, for in destroying one's enemies, one is destroying the enemies of God.
By Marcus Borg | December 21, 2009; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (3)
Thus papal apologies do not in any way call into question papal infallibility (though I think the claim to infallibility is indefensible on other grounds).
By Marcus Borg | April 13, 2009; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (5)
There are many conservative Protestant churches whose official position teaches the subordination of women to men and who refuse to ordain women. I know of no church body today whose official position teaches the subordination of people of color or that refuses to ordain people of color.
By Marcus Borg | March 26, 2008; 05:44 AM ET | Comments (11)
I think this is healthy. It suggests that many people have moved beyond their socialization within a particular form of Christianity to a thoughtful (and sometimes agonizing) re-assessment of what it means to be Christian.
By Marcus Borg | March 4, 2008; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (8)
If I were to make a list of Christianity’s ten worst contributions to religion, it would be its emphasis on an afterlife, for more than one reason.
By Marcus Borg | October 10, 2007; 08:06 AM ET | Comments (115)
The first act should be confession – confession that as a nation, we were wrong to do this.
By Marcus Borg | June 20, 2007; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (68)
Questioning serves a necessary religious function: it prevents us from thinking there can ever be a final formulation of “the way things are.”
By Marcus Borg | June 14, 2007; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (82)
Jesus was not a secular social revolutionary. He was God's revolutionary.
By Marcus Borg | May 11, 2007; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (44)
Apology and forgiveness do not in themselves imply change. Repentance does.
By Marcus Borg | April 28, 2007; 06:44 AM ET | Comments (11)
We live in a world still under the sway of powers that lead us away from God and God's passion for life on earth.
By Marcus Borg | April 17, 2007; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (33)
To think that the central meaning of Easter depends upon something spectacular happening to Jesus’ corpse misses the point of the Easter message and risks trivializing the story.
By Marcus Borg | April 7, 2007; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (466)
Intense sexual union puts one in touch with a reality that transcends traditional convention.
By Marcus Borg | February 15, 2007; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (16)
Christians have sometimes been afraid of loving the world because of fear of “worldliness.” But worldliness and loving the world are very different.
By Marcus Borg | February 12, 2007; 06:07 PM ET | Comments (0)
Praying for family, friends, and “the world” is a natural expression of caring. For me, it would be unnatural not do this.
By Marcus Borg | February 2, 2007; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (40)
The full and equal status of women is not only one of the fruits of modernity, but consistent with the originative impulse of Christianity.
By Marcus Borg | January 17, 2007; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (28)
Perhaps many evangelical Christians (and perhaps our born-again President) were unaware that Christian teaching about “just war” explicitly prohibits preemptive war.
By Marcus Borg | January 13, 2007; 04:04 PM ET | Comments (55)
For a minute or two (and once for the better part of an hour), what I was seeing looked very different–as if there were a radiance shining through everything.
By Marcus Borg | January 5, 2007; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (41)
For those of us who are Christian, Jesus is the decisive revelation of God’s character and passion...the Son who discloses the Father, the light who shines in our darkness, the Lord who comes each Christmas.
By Marcus Borg | December 21, 2006; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (27)
This is not a Christian nation, but it is a place where Christians are battling for the heart and soul of Christianity
By Marcus Borg | December 14, 2006; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (10)
The Bible and other sacred scriptures are not fairy tales – but we make a mistake when we think that stories must be factually true in order to be true and truthful
By Marcus Borg | December 6, 2006; 05:40 PM ET | Comments (104)