As with French, German or Spanish, learning the basic vocabulary of Christianity is a vital step in understanding what it means and how it works. We think of words like ‘faith’, ‘forgiveness’, ‘salvation’, ‘sin’ and ‘heaven’. But how can we be sure that we understand them correctly?
In Speaking Christian, Marcus Borg takes some of the key words in the Christian dictionary and exposes the negative and unhelpful connotations they still carry today. At the same time, he goes back to Bible and unpacks their meaning in a way that is both more faithful to the teaching of Jesus and more relevant and challenging to his followers today.
‘In every generation, there is a handful of writers of whom it can be said, “Read everything they write”. Marcus Borg is one of these today’. – Walter Wink, author of Engaging the Powers.