Michelle Boorstein @ is reporting on Twitter
Major progressive New Testament scholar Marcus Borg has died http://t.co/Xiol7leg5E
— Michelle Boorstein (@mboorstein) January 22, 2015
From the Rector’s Page The Very Rev. Barkley Thompson’s blog God in the Midst of the City:
Marcus Borg died this morning after a prolonged illness. I received a phone call this afternoon from a Cathedral parishioner and friend of Marcus, relaying the news to me.
I first became aware of Marcus Borg when I was a sophomore at Hendrix College. His landmark book, Jesus: A New Vision had just been released. It hit me at exactly the right time. I was a philosophy & religion major who knew God and increasingly knew about God, but I had little room or need for Jesus. Marcus’ book gave me an entirely new access point: to consider Jesus as Jesus had been historically, as a wisdom teacher, a healer, a social prophet, and more.
Unlike so many other writers in the field of religion (on both ends of the spectrum), Marcus was humble. Once one of my parishioners asked him during Q&A, “But how do you know that you’re right?” He paused, looked at her thoughtfully, and said, “I don’t know. I don’t know that I’m right.”
Very many people who had left the Christian faith have returned to it through Marcus’ evangelism (though he would grimace at my use of the word, I suspect). Marcus was a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ in word and in deed. He understood Jesus (and especially the Resurrection) differently than I do. But the veracity of his faith was clear. And calm. And passionate.
Read more here.
Image from blog
Marcus Borg latest writings are here.
Added 10:30AM, 01/22/2015: Religious News Service has this report.
posted by Ann Fontaine