Anyone out there a Marcus Borg fan? I'm reading his newest book, Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary (San Francisco: Harper Collins, 2006).
After calling Jesus a "Spirit person" or mystic, Borg gives this description of a mystic:
Mystics have, to use the broad traditional definition, and "experiential" knowledge of God." Mystics already know something more; namely, they know the immediacy of access to God. Not immediacy in the sense of "ease," as if access to God is easy, but that God is accessible to experience apart from mediators, that is apart from institution and tradition. Mystics stand in an unbrokered relationship with God. They do not intrinsically become anti-institution or antitradition--but they know that no institution or tradition has a monopoly on access to the sacred. For this reason, mystics have often been distrusted and sometimes persecuted by the official representatives of the religious traditions in which they have lived. (pp. 133-134)Sounds a little like George Fox's brand of spirituality, no??