Days of Awe and WonderPosted: October 3, 2017 Filed under: Books, Religion 1 Comment
Days of Awe and Wonder: How to Be a Christian in the Twenty-first Century
Marcus J. Borg
HarperOne (March 14, 2017), 293 pages
Kindle edition $12.99, Amazon paperback $10.80
Marcus Borg was one of the great thinkers in the realm of progressive Christianity. We lost him in 2015, far too soon. He wrote a number of books aimed at helping us fit Christianity into a modern framework.
The present volume is an anthology. It contains book excerpts, sermons, lectures, and blog posts. The themes are familiar: the historical Jesus vs. the post-Easter Jesus, reading the Bible without taking it literally, Jesus’s fight against the domination system, and so forth. There is nothing here that you won’t find in his other books.
Strictly speaking, I don’t know that this book was entirely necessary. However, The Christian Century thought it important enough to give it a featured review. And from my perspective, anything that keeps Borg alive in our memories and thinking is a Good Thing.
I am so glad that I encountered the writings of Marcus Borg (and Bishop John Shelby Spong), though initially I wasn’t. I used to be a Fundamentalist and clung to the beliefs that I was taught when growing up, therefore the writings of Borg and Spong seemed like dreadful heresies to me. I don’t quite know when what they were saying started to make sense – perhaps it was during a spell away from the church – but I went back to Marcus Borg’s books and started to listen to Bishop Spong on YouTube and, somehow, everything seemed so clear and, amazingly, my faith became stronger than ever. I can’t work it out, but I’m so happy anyway!