The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith by Marcus Borg A review by Geoffrey W. Sutton The Heart of Christianity offers Christians, and those wanting a better understanding of Christianity, a cogent look at two major divisions on what it means to be a Christian. In the opening chapters, Borg contrasts two views by referring to them as an “earlier paradigm” and an “emerging paradigm.” The earlier view is the one familiar to those who flip on a TV and hear televangelists or conservative clergy talk about Christianity in terms of belief statements and what it means to be saved and headed for heaven after death. The emerging paradigm has come to be known as “progressive” in recent years. The two major components of the emerging paradigm are compassion and justice. These are at the heart of God and reflected in the mission of Jesus. These become the defining ways to follow Jesus’ way as Christians. Borg reminds readers of that oft quoted verse that God loves the worl
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