God at 2000

Marcus Borg and Ross Mackenzie

Mar/2002, 232 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819219077

“How do your personal experiences, your study, and your faith perspective influence the way you, as an individual, see God?” That was the question posed to these seven renowned authors and scholars. Representing a wide variety of faith perspectives Karen Armstrong, Diana Eck, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Joan Chittister, Laurence Kushner, Desmond Tutu, and Marcus Borg explore the ways in which their life experiences have shaped their personal understanding of God.

Originally given as lectures at the God at 2000 conference in February, 2000, each presentation has been rewritten for a reading audience. Conversation starters, based on the questions asked at the conference itself, are included, making this an excellent resource for small group study. An introduction, written by Marcus Borg provides readers with a frame of reference that will help them explore the issues raised in the book, and become clear about their own personal understanding of God.

Ross Mackenzie is Director of the Department of Religion at the Chautauqua Institution, Chatauqua, New York. He is also an Episcopal Priest, and was Professor of Church History at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia from 1963-1981.

Marcus Borg is Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.  Internationally known in both academic and church circles as a biblical and Jesus scholar, he was Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007. He is the author of nineteen books, including Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time (1994); The God We Never Knew (1997); Reading the Bible Again for the First Time (2001), and The Heart of Christianity (2003). His newest book is: Conversations with Scripture: Mark (2009). Borg has also co-authored three books with John Dominic Crossan.   Described by The New York Times as “a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars,” he is A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he has been national chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and co-chair of its International New Testament Program Committee, and is past president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars.

"...readers of all religious persuasions will find that they see God differently when they have finished this valuable collection."--Publishers Weekly, November 17, 2000
"You will be challenged and inspired by this book"--Arkansas Episcopalian, April 2001
"Anyone who takes time to savor these speeches will find valuable insights into the different metaphors for God, the importance of questions, faith, scriptures, and much more." -- Spiritual RX, January 2001
"I hope more people will discover this book as some of the freshest and most accessible theological writing in our church history." -- Jeff MacKnight, Leaven Editor, March 2001
"The essays are mostly extremely personal, deeply nonsectarian and united by a generally mystical attunement to the presence of the sacred in the world."--Paul Lakeland for Religious Bible Review, July 2001