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Religion for the 21st Century

presents Dr. Marcus Borg Speaking on Christian Language, Goals and Virtues


EMW Lectures 
Religion for the 21st Century 


Friday March 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM EST
Saturday March 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM EST

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Pearce Auditorium of Brenau Univeristy 
Near the corner of Boulevard and Washington SE
Gainesville, GA 30501

Driving Directions 

A MAP OF THE BRENAU CAMPUS which indicates the exact location of Pearce Auditorium and of on-campus parking can be found at:

REGISTRATION FOR ALL THREE LECTURES is $50.00.  You may register by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

IN ADDITION to the lectures, lunch on Saturday will be available for $10.00  and will be served on campus.

Dr. Borg will sign his books at a reception following the Friday evening lecture and on Saturday. 

Dr. Borg's books will be available for purchase from the Brenau Bookstore during the event.

The Brenau University Gospel Choir, Portia Burns, Director, will perform at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, before the first lecture of that day.

Dr. Marcus Borg will be the Inaugural lecturer in the series, Religion for the 21st Century presented by Brenau University, several of the churches of Gainesville, Georgia; First Baptist Church of Athens, Georgia; and EMW Lectures.  Dr. Borg will speak on "A Crisis in Christian Language: Its Conflicted Meanings Today," "The Goal of the Christian Life," and "The Central Virtues: Mercy and Righteousness?  Or Compassion and Justice?" in Pearce Auditorium of Brenau University on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, 2013.  On Friday evening Dr. Borg will speak beginning at 7:30 p.m.,  on Saturday morning at 10:00 and on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.  On Saturday, lunch will be provided on the Brenau campus. 

Marcus Borg is Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, OR. Known in both academic and church circles as a biblical and Jesus scholar, he held the Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University until he retired in 2007. 

He is the author of twenty books, including: Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time (1994), the single best-selling book by a contemporary Jesus scholar;  The Heart of Christianity (2003); Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary (2006), a New York Times Best-Seller;  Conversations with Scripture: Mark (2009); three books co-authored with John Dominic Crossan, The Last Week (2006), The First Christmas (2007), and The First Paul (2009): his first novel, Putting Away Childish Things (April, 2010); and Speaking Christian (April, 2011).  His newest book is Evolution of the Word, a chronological New Testament in which the documents books of the New Testament are printed in the chronological order in which they were written, with introductions to each (August, 2012). 

Described by The New York Times as "a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars," he has appeared on NBC's "Today Show" and “Dateline,” PBS's "Newshour," ABC’s “Evening News” and “Prime Time” with Peter Jennings, NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, and several National Geographic programs. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he has been national chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and co-chair of its International New Testament Program Committee, and is past president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars.  His doctor's degree is from Oxford University, and he has lectured widely overseas (England, Scotland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Israel and South Africa) and in North America, including the Chautauqua and Smithsonian Institutions.

 Comments about Borg’s books include:

With great clarity and pastoral genius, Borg offers questioning Christians a way to keep their faith without shutting down the search for truth.” Barbara Brown Taylor, priest, professor, preacher and author of many books, including Leaving Church and An Altar in the World 

“A marvelous book, The Heart of Christianity is both challenging and illuminating, and effecting exactly the kind of transformation that Borg describes so lucidly.”  Karen Armstrong, author of best-sellers A History of God andThe Battle for God 

“Marcus Borg is a key force in the emerging ‘new paradigm’ of Christian faith.”  Walter Brueggemann, author of more than thirty books on the Hebrew Bible

Barbara Brown Taylor noted author, speaker, and the Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont College will introduce Dr. Borg and  lead the question and answer sessions following each lecture.