Marcus Borg has many fans, and detractors, out there. He has written many provocative and faith affirming books -- even if I don't agree with everything he writes, I have found him an intriguing dialog partner. Well, I recently read and reviewed for the Christian Century his latest book, a novel entitled Putting Away Childish Things (Harper One, 2010).
Since my review of the book is found at the Christian Century site, I'll need to send you to that site to read the entire review. And when you get there you'll notice many changes to the site -- including the incorporation of the Theolog blog, for which I've been a regular contributor has been incorporated into the new Century site.
To get you started reading, here is the opening of the review:
A review of Putting Away Childish Things, Aug 26, 2010 Reviewed by Robert Cornwall
Being the Jesus scholar that he is, Marcus Borg certainly understands the power of a story. In Putting Away Childish Things he offers up a didactic novel that explores some of the thorniest theological issues facing the Christian community. Although it's not a page-turning thriller in the mode of The Da Vinci Code, it offers Borg an alternative way to offer up his theological vision. As a first novel it should be judged not for its literary grace or dramatic sense, but according to whether Borg is able to take us deeper into his vision of progressive Christianity.
The central character in this novel is Kate Riley, a fortyish, cigarette-smoking, Guinness-drinking, red-shoe-wearing Episcopalian biblical scholar who serves as an assistant professor of religious studies at a small liberal arts college in Wisconsin. Popular with many of her students, she's also controversial, especially since gaining notoriety for publishing a book exploring the two biblical infancy narratives.
To read the rest, and see my response to the book, click here.