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Speaking Christian

Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power--And How They Can Be Restored
Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power--And How They Can Be Restored
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Modern Christians are steeped in a language so distorted that it has become a stumbling block to the religion, says internationally renowned Bible scholar Marcus J. Borg. Borg argues that Christianity s important words, and the sacred texts and stories in which those words are embedded, have been narrowed by a modern framework for the faith that emphasizes sin, forgiveness, Jesus dying for our sins, and the afterlife. Here, Borg employs the historical-metaphorical method for understanding Christian language that can restore for us these words of power and transformation. For example, Redemption now narrowly understood as Jesus saving us from sins so we can go to heaven, but in the Bible it refers to being set free from slavery. Savior now refers to Jesus as the one who saves us from our sins, but in the Bible it has a rich and wonderful variety of meanings having nothing to do with the afterlife. Sacrifice now refers to Jesus s death on the cross as payment for our sins, but in the Bible it is never about substitutionary payment for sin.

In Speaking Christian, Borg delivers a language for twenty-first-century Christians that grounds the faith in its deep and rich original roots and allows it once again to transform our lives."

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Modern Christians are steeped in a language so distorted that it has become a stumbling block to the religion, says internationally renowned Bible scholar Marcus J. Borg. Borg argues that Christianity s important words, and the sacred texts and stories in which those words are embedded, have been narrowed by a modern framework for the faith that emphasizes sin, forgiveness, Jesus dying for our sins, and the afterlife. Here, Borg employs the historical-metaphorical method for understanding Christian language that can restore for us these words of power and transformation. For example, Redemption now narrowly understood as Jesus saving us from sins so we can go to heaven, but in the Bible it refers to being set free from slavery. Savior now refers to Jesus as the one who saves us from our sins, but in the Bible it has a rich and wonderful variety of meanings having nothing to do with the afterlife. Sacrifice now refers to Jesus s death on the cross as payment for our sins, but in the Bible it is never about substitutionary payment for sin.

In Speaking Christian, Borg delivers a language for twenty-first-century Christians that grounds the faith in its deep and rich original roots and allows it once again to transform our lives."

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780061976582
    • Manufacturer: Harper One
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780061976582
    • Publication Date: 03/01/2013
    • Format: Paperback
    • Page Count: 256
    • Author: Marcus J Borg
    • Width: 5.31 inches
    • Height: 0.58 inches
    • Length: 8.00 inches
    • Weight: 0.41 pounds
    • SKU: 9780062078681
    • Manufacturer: Harper One
    • Author: Marcus J Borg
    • ISBN 13: 9780062078681
    • Publication Date: 03/01/2013
    • Format: Electronic Media
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