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Wow: nice history lesson on agriculture leading to domination societies.
Apr 19, 2010 06:49PM
Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary

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Wow: nice history lesson on agriculture leading to domination societies.
Apr 19, 2010 06:48PM
Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary


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G. Branden That's mainstream anthropology right there.

It's awesome that you're reading Borg. I still haven't gotten around to him. I will be intensely curious to read your take on him.


John This is the second Borg book I've read, after The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith. I very much appreciated the first one, and mostly found myself in agreement with what he had to say.

So far, I'm enjoying this one even more, though I think the order in which I read them was good. This one goes into a lot more detail about how historians analyze the ancient texts, how events described there fit in with what was going on in the larger world at the time, etc. Borg spent the better part of a chapter on a crash course in ancient society structures and evolution, just to be able to put into perspective the history of the Jews and the society in which Jesus would have lived. Very helpful.

The Heart of Christianity tries to skirt the issues of whether the miracles described in the NT literally happened (which, considering this is Borg, isn't quite the cop-out that it might seem). It focuses more on a return to an older notion of what "faith" is, namely a love of a reorienting of one's life towards what is good rather than an intellectual assent to a set of statements.


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