All Christianity is, to some extent, idolatrous. Christian worship is a response to a worshiper's image of Jesus, and all images of Jesus fall short of his reality--in the same way that all biographies and portraits fail to depict a whole person. In Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, New Testament scholar Marcus Borg attempts to understand how popular images of Jesus connect Christians to their savior and isolate them from him. Borg writes about his own evolving ideas of who Jesus was, considers the scholarly and popular religious evolution of Jesus' public image, and investigates with special care the effects of Historical Jesus research on contemporary images of Jesus. Meeting Jesus Again is written in an affable, gracious, and unflinchingly honest voice. Borg's description of his own faith particularly exemplifies these qualities, and gives the reader a simultaneously safe and unsettling new perspective on the peasant from Galilee: "[T]he central issue of the Christian life is not believing in God or believing in the Bible," he writes. "Rather, the Christian life is about entering into a relationship with that to which the Christian tradition points, which may be spoken of as God, the risen, living Christ, or the Spirit. And a Christian is one who lives out his or her relationship to God within the framework of the Christian tradition." --Michael Joseph Gross
Borg (religion and culture, Oregon State Univ.) provides an account of contemporary Jesus scholarship--told in simple language for lay readers--and of his personal struggle to find authentic, mature faith. Here, the historical pre-Easter Jesus and the post-Easter Jesus (whom other writers have referred to as the Christ of faith), or the Jesus revealed by scholarship and the Jesus of Christian tradition are brought together as Borg articulates his own struggle from doubt to faith. His struggle is grounded in contemporary scholarship, personal experience, and "an understanding of the Christian life as a relationship to the Spirit of God--a relationship that involves one in a journey of transformation." Highly recommended.
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A penetrating look at who Jesus really was and what he espoused. Especially good for readers of Marcus Borg and John Spong.Published 18 months ago by Leslie Winston
Borg introduces you to a Jesus that was a compassionate, exceptionally bright and politically astute, and social activist with rapier wit. Read morePublished on May 8 2013 by Alan Strickland
Makes Jesus REAL.
Good adult reading.
I am a "roman" catholic very tired of the old stories, distress by the betrayal after Vatican... Read more
I ordered a book that was supposed to be hard cover. It arrived in soft cover. I emailed the sender but over two days there was no response.Published on Aug. 20 2009 by Dr. Rod D. Johnston
This is an amazing writer and a great spiritual presentation. Borg is a theologian and philosopher who has helped me bridge the gap between the Bible, Jesus and spirituality. Read morePublished on July 5 2006 by RPS
Finally a book that helps bridge the gap between the two worlds: Faith and history / science. Very impressive work!Published on Jan. 6 2004 by NoDumbName
I picked up this book anticipating a inspiring treatise on Christian faith. After finishing it, I am left with two indelible images. First, Mr. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003
When the book MEETING JESUS AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME was published in 1994, it caused quite a stir. The book was the product of Biblical scholar Marcus Borg, a member of "The Jesus... Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2003 by Timothy Kearney
Marcus Borg has been a moving force behind the "Jesus Seminar." He is in great demand as a speaker because he does such a wonderful job of writing and speaking clearly... Read morePublished on July 10 2003 by Rev. Wayne Bradley Robinson, Ph.D.