Sunday, December 24, 2006

Hmm...sounds vaguely familiar

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??


  1. This was my christmas present this year - and very pleased I was to receive it too. I'm a Buddhist, but Borg's "Heart of Christianity" is one of my favourite books on faith. I'll be interested to hear what you make of his latest.

  2. Hi ray,

    Glad to meet another Borg enthusiast! I've almost finished reading the book and will blog about it soon. Repetition and expansion of many ideas contained in The Heart of Christianity, but with a more ...well, thrilling conclusion, I'd say!

    In the meantime, Happy New Year!

  3. Happy New Year to you too! I shall await your post. I am savouring the book on the tram journey into work. Thrilling conclusion? Can't wait!

    Have you seen the workbook that accompanies Heart of Christianity?

  4. Just got the workbook. Saw it in the bookstore and picked it up, but haven't had time to use it yet. Do you like it?

  5. Not had chance to look through it - just noticed it on Amazon - looks like another one I may be asking your opinion of!

    There's a christian bookshop near the cathedral that may stock it - will have a look later this week. i'd be interested in how it expands on chapter 2 on Faith, 8 on Thin places and 11 whixch touches on pluralism (and all the chapters inbetween!)


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