Marcus Borg, well-known for his work with the Jesus Seminar and author of nineteen books, many of them best-sellers, including The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions, co-authored by NT Wright, and three co-authored by John Dominic Crossan, The Last Week, The First Christmas, and The First PaulJesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary was a New York Times Bestseller. Many of you have also probably read or heard of Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time and Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally. You have seen him on many national news programs. Today, he’s on your favorite podcast! Or, my favorite podcast at least.

I get Dr. Borg’s thoughts on:

Anne Rice leaving Christianity (check out episode 84)

the NYC mosque

Bart Ehrman (check out episode 50)

Luke Timothy Johnson

NT Wright (check out episode 79)

John Dominic Crossan (check out episodes 8 and 34)

Then we turn to his latest book, Putting Away Childish Things: A Tale of Modern Faith. With this one, he sets out in a new direction as a fiction writer, but is up front that the novel is didactic, a teaching novel. We discuss how different the creative process is for writing fiction versus non-fiction, and how much of himself is in the main character, a religion professor who challenges her students to think critically about what they’ve been taught about Christianity. He also talks about whether he will continue writing novels.

Oh, and Tripp and I announce a sweet new contest that you’ll really dig. You can leave your comments and theological jokes on the podcast hotline at 678-590-BREW and you might just hear your message on an upcoming episode.

The ultimate Homebrewed Christianity prize pack includes:

4 or 5 theology books. We arere talking Moltmann, Pannenberg, top notch theology.
2 cigars from Tripp’s world class humidor
Official Homebrewed Christianity homebrewed ale
Homebrewed Christianity stickers so you can spread the goodness

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