Speaking Christian : Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power And How They Can Be Restored
Modern Christians are steeped in a language sodistorted that it has become a stumbling blockto the religion, says internationally renownedBible scholar Marcus J. Borg. Borg arguesthat Christianity's important words, and thesacred texts and stories in which those words areembedded, have been narrowed by a modernframework for the faith that emphasizes sin,forgiveness, Jesus dying for our sins, and theafterlife. Here, Borg employs the "";historical-metaphorical"";method for understandingChristian language that can restore for us thesewords of power and transformation. For example,Redemption : now narrowly understood as Jesussaving us from sins so we can go to heaven, but inthe Bible it refers to being set free from slavery.Savior : now refers to Jesus as the one who savesus from our sins, but in the Bible it has a rich andwonderful variety of meanings having nothing todo with the afterlife.Sacrifice : now refers to Jesus's death on the crossas payment for our sins, but in the Bible it is neverabout substitutionary payment for sin.In Speaking Christian, Borg delivers a languagefor twenty-first-century Christians that groundsthe faith in its deep and rich original roots andallows it once again to transform our lives.
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April 11, 2011
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