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This is another example of a book I had on my shelves for years but might never have read if Audible hadn't featured it in a sale. I listened to it in two sessions: It's very accessible, yet very rich, and still holds up 8 years after initial publication. It would be well worth a full credit.
Borg synthesizes other, more in-depth work (which made for more dense listening/reading) into a more pastoral format. "Heart" for him is what is most central and alive, the driving force deeper than intellect -- It gives Christianity transformative power. And it's so good to hear a Jesus Seminar scholar who still speaks so positively about mainline Christianity, one that satisfies both "head and heart." Borg makes a case for emerging Christianity (Did he coin the term in this book?), but he does not denigrate anyone who does not agree with all or any of his views - His is a very respectful, welcoming stance, so I think the listen could appeal even to traditionalists who just want to understand the "other" paradigm for being Christian today. The open hands on the book cover are a perfect illustration of the content.
The narration is better than most similar nonfiction-- Narrators seem to be challenged in finding the right note in books on spirituality, but this one is easy on the ears.
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What made the experience of listening to The Heart of Christianity the most enjoyable?
I always feel with Borg that I am being introduced to what I believe all over again.
What other book might you compare The Heart of Christianity to and why?
I liked Cahill's Desire of the Everlasting Hills, but Borg is even better. In fact, I would recommend both, Cahill first.
Which character – as performed by John Pruden – was your favorite?
Nonfiction books don't have main characters.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
More thrilling and honest than Dan Brown's works.
Any additional comments?
Believer and nonbeliever will find this book enlightening.
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On the bad side: So the Bible and the word of "God" are open to interpretation and subject to, what he refers to as, paradigms? Is he honestly saying that belief and the meaning of Christianity are influenced by the zeitgeist of any given age?! Because if that is the message I really don't think that it paints Christianity in a good light. If nothing else it makes it way too pliable and wishy-washy. To be fair I haven't finished the whole book yet but so far all he's done is try to 'square the circle' by constantly trying to bend Christianity fit in with what we know to be true and/or believable. Try as he might he simply can't make a square peg in a round hole.
I will hammer away at it because I hate putting a book down but this one has made me do so out of pure frustration. I feel like I'm wasting my time reading it. His arguments are weak and justifications and apologies for Christianity tend to make a strong case for Humanism rather than proselytise for his faith.
There'll be no rediscovering here today I'm afraid.
On the plus side:
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