1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2012
Speaking Christian is a necessary book enabling people to penetrate the Biblical conext and relate it meaningfully to our context. It helps us see the Bible as it truly is, a record of the faith journey of many people. Marcus Borg's writing is clear, his understanding is profound and the application of his scholarship creates real possibilities for developmental Christian thinking.
on 3 February 2014
I found it difficult to put this book down and read it in less than a week. Borg takes fundamentalist, ill informed, simplistic and literalist beliefs and clears away chaff leaving good healthy wheat. A friend of mine, who attends the nice but THE BIBLE IS TRUE IN ONE SENSE ONLY AND THAT IS LITERAL AND WRITTEN PERSONALLY BY GOD SO YOU MUST NOT USE YOUR BRAIN kind of church and has been wondering how much longer she can keep going, felt herself let out of a metaphorical prison after reading it. There was one chapter where I didn't totally go along with Borg but in the main it was everything I learned whilst studying for a degree but put in a very straightforward manner. If you are tired of the miserable sinners approach to Christianity and want a read which gives alternative ways to the wonderful rich theology of the Bible do give it a go. All the words that are used without thought of their original meaning and which can make church services either opaque or depressing are explained in a scholarly but simple, caring way.
on 15 April 2014
If you have grown tired and frustrated with the 'heaven and hell' framework that much of mainline Christianity bases its biblical understanding on, then this book is for you. I have never accepted a 'literal-factual' interpretation of Scripture but have struggled to articulate an alternative understanding of my Christian lifestyle. This book has liberated me from these constraints and will liberate you too.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2012
Marcus Borg makes Christianity relevant to today. The writing is straightforward and easy to read with archaic terminology translated into an understandable form.