It was with great sadness I read that Marcus Borg died a few days ago. Through reading his books, he was instrumental in developing my Theology and Biblical understanding.
Whilst readings his books, I always sensed he was a compassionate man, with an appreciation of the God who liberates and enables individuals to walk their own path of discipleship.
Many years ago I read ‘The God I never knew’ and ‘Meeting Jesus for the first time’ my well-thumbed copies still near to hand in my study; even now, I recommend these two books for people who are and enquiring about God and Jesus . He had an ability to articulate his thoughts in a way that was non-threatening and logically constructed.
In his book ‘The heart of Christianity’ he unpacks Theology further, and it is a book I still refer back to, to aid me in my thinking. He particularly helped my understanding of the Nature of Salvation, which I used as a basis for my Masters dissertation.
He was no woolly ‘liberal’ theologian, furthermore he was never anxious in engaging in conversations different to his own. He writes that it is only be conversation that we can appreciate the diversity of God.
He has left a legacy that goes far beyond the books on the books shelves;
- A legacy of yearning to know God in a deeper sense,
- A legacy of the Jesus who walks with us, who cries with us and who laughs with us.
- A legacy of the Spirt dancing, whirling , excited, and yet comforting ,
- The legacy of Salvation in conversation, hospitality and engagement.
Overriding all this was his love for God….. for his Legacy, to all who search for the God of Love, is found in his gentle , compassionate, manner that reaches out from his writings.
May the essence of God, that I encountered through his writings, live on, ….and I would love to be a fly on wall when he arrives ‘home’.. what theological discussions will be taking place now !!