Jesus and Christianity have often been domesticated by Christian theology and cultural accommodation. The weekend seeks to reclaim the radical significance of Jesus from its cultural captivity by exploring a historical and metaphorical approach to seeing Jesus, God, and Christianity.

Start Date:
Friday 11th November 2011
Start Time:
St Marks Church, Broomhill Sheffield
Tanya Ralph
0845 6434694
Marcus Borg
Friday £10 (members £8, students £2), Saturday £20, (members £18, students £5)

St Marks Centre for Radical Christianity is delighted to welcome back to the UK Marcus Borg, author of the bestselling ‘The God We Never Knew’, ‘The Heart of Christianity’, ‘Gospel of Mark: Conversations with Scripture’ and many other publications. He has been described by The New York Times as “a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars.”

Marcus Borg is Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, OR. 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.

His latest book ‘Putting Away Childish Things’ is a fictional novel, published last year, and has been described as being able to “draw us all to a place of humble hospitality where grace abounds.” His twentieth book, Speaking Christian, will be published in March, 2011.

FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2011 at 7.30 pm (7.00pm Coffee and registration):

“Speaking Christian” - Reclaiming Christian Language

SATURDAY 12 November 2011, 10.00 am — 4.00 pm (9.15am Coffee and Registration):

Lecture 1 “God and Atheism, recent reverberations” - Recent best-selling books on atheism point to a contemporary crisis in the meaning of the word “God” – its referent. What do we imagine when we think or hear or use the word “God”? The lecture explores two very different referents of the word “God,” one completely vulnerable to atheist critique, the other not.

Lecture 2 “God and Jesus, original impulse” - As historical figure, Jesus was radically centred in God. Christians ever since have spoken of him as one who reveals God – indeed, as the decisive revelation of God. What do we learn about God by looking at Jesus?

Lecture 3 “God and Jesus, contemporary resonances” - What does it mean to take the God of Jesus seriously today? A sketch of the Christian life as involving a twofold focus and twofold transformation.

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