Books and Articles by Marcus Borg

Books | Chapter Excerpts | Articles | Sermons

Books

  • Conflict, Holiness and Politics in the Teachings of Jesus (1984)
  • Jesus, A New Vision: Spirit, Culture and the Life of Discipleship (1987)
  • Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith (1994), the single best-selling book by a contemporary Jesus scholar
  • Jesus in Contemporary Scholarship (1994)
  • The God We Never Knew: Beyond Dogmatic Religion to a More Contemporary Christian Faith (1997), named “one of the ten best books in religion in 1997” by Publishers Weekly
  • The Lost Gospel Q: The Original Sayings of Jesus (1996) with Thomas Moore
  • Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings (1997)
  • Jesus at 2000 (1998)
  • The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions (1999), co-authored with N.T. Wright, a well-known British New Testament scholar from the conservative side of the spectrum, won the “Best General Interest Book of 1999” award from the Association of Theological Booksellers
  • God at 2000 (2001), co-edited with Ross Mackenzie
  • Reading the Bible Again for the First Time (2001), has made Publishers Weekly “ten best selling books in religion.”
  • The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith (2003), a best-seller, has been a group study book in hundreds of churches.
  • Living the Heart of Christianity: A Guide to Putting Your Faith into Action (2006), with Tim Scorer
  • Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary (2006), a New York Times best-seller
  • The Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesusís Final Week in Jerusalem (2006), co-authored with John Dominic Crossan
  • The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach Us About Jesusí Birth (2007), co-authored with John Dominic Crossan
  • The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Churchís Conservative Icon (2009), co-authored with John Dominic Crossan
  • Conversations with Scripture: Mark (2009)
  • Putting Away Childish Things: A Tale of Modern Faith (2010), a novel about the great debates in Christianity (and religion) today
  • Embracing an Adult Faith: Marcus Borg on What it Means to Be Christian - A 5-Session Study (2010), with Tim Scorer
  • Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power – And How They Can Be Restored (2011)
  • Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written (2012)
  • Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most (2014), memories, conversations, and convictions and what Dr. Borg says: “what I wish every American Christian knew.”

Chapter Excerpt

Reading the Creation Stories Again

Excerpted from Reading the Bible Again for the First Time (HarperSanFrancisco, 2001).

Articles

Me and Jesus: The Journey Home

An autobiographical sketch by Marcus J. Borg. Originally published in The Fourth R, Volume 6, 4; July/August 1993.

How We Imagine God Matters

It's normal to personify God in worship and devotion. But we shouldn't take these personifications literally.

God and the Just Society

Is the Bible a political playbook? Should religion be used to legitimate domination systems?

Sermons

Faith, Not Belief

A sermon by Marcus J. Borg for the Lenten Noonday Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee on February 24, 2002.

Taking Jesus Seriously

A sermon by Marcus J. Borg for the Lenten Noonday Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee on March 15, 2001.

The Character of God

A sermon by Marcus J. Borg for the Lenten Noonday Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee on March 24, 2000.

Moving Beyond Self-Judgment

A sermon by Marcus J. Borg for the Lenten Noonday Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee on March 23, 2000.

Jesus and the Christian Life

A sermon by Marcus J. Borg for the Lenten Noonday Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee on March 16, 1999.