Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most (Paperback)

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On the occasion of his seventieth birthday, the renowned scholar Marcus J. Borg shares how he formed his bedrock religious beliefs, contending that Christians in America are at their best when they focus on hope and transformation and so shows how we can return to what really matters most. The result is a manifesto for all progressive Christians who seek the best path for following Jesus today.

With each chapter embodying a distinct conviction, Borg writes provocatively and compellingly on the beliefs that can deeply ground us and guide us, such as: God is real and a mystery; salvation is more about this life than an afterlife; the Bible can be true without being literally true; Jesus's death on the cross matters—but not because he paid for our sins; God is passionate about justice and the poor; and to love God is to love like God.

Borg calls all American Christians to reject divisiveness and exclusivity and create communities that celebrate joy, possibility, and renewal. Throughout, he reflects on what matters most, bringing to earth the kingdom of God Jesus talked about and transforming our relationships with one another. Rich in wisdom and insight, Convictions is sure to become a classic of contemporary Christianity.

Praise For…


Marcus Borg is a key force in the emerging “new paradigm” of Christian faith.

Both challenging and illuminating.

Writing with a simplicity that never becomes simplistic, Borg manages to convey the essence of Christianity in a way that does justice to those who do not share his views and will greatly enrich the understanding of those who do.

“In every generation there are a handful of writers of whom it can be said, “Read everything they write.” Marcus Borg is one of these today.”

“All Christians and those interested in Christianity from a distance should read all his books.”

“Conveys an overall message that is both simple and urgently needed: Change is a good and natural part of Christian life.”

“An excellent introduction for general readers who stand outside the Christian tradition as well as those interested in considering how faith changes as they mature.”

“He writes honestly and clearly, defining as he goes, always educating. He does not shy from laying out controversies among contemporary Christians [but] he closes with wonder.”

One of those rare books . . . simply written [and] deep enough to inspire serious thought...Everyone would do well to pick it up, examine Dr. Borg’s personal convictions, and glean from a man with so much life experience and spiritual wisdom.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062269980
ISBN-10: 0062269984
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Pages: 256
Language: English