I’m filling in doing this blog update for our dearest Marta who has been in hospital. The whole gang of us are with you Marta in every sense (except, in my case, actually visiting:( but I will say thank you to the rest of you who’ve managed to visit and let Marta know how much we love her.
So… Chapter 6 begins the second part of the book, which I recall as being much more accessible and affirming than the first part, the first part being quite “intellectual;” a lot about the rival camps of Christians (“earlier” traditionalists and “emerging” progressives) and about interpretation, how we can read the Bible and church doctrine in a progressive way without losing our attachment to the church and its history. There’s a lot more about pure and simple faith, in the second part of the book. Hallelujah.
I enjoyed last week’s session very, very much and appreciate everyone’s indulgence as I disparaged poor ol’ Jesus for being such a Narcissistic bastard (forgive me Jesus!). I have a lot of feelings about the Big Guy right now, especially the claims that he (or He) was the “son of God” and all that, something that Borg notes he most likely never claimed himself. Jesus was a human being, just like you and me, but after the fact, a lot of people seemed to think he was just so much more.
We know there are people in the world who are that kind of “more.” Some of them become recognized and revered. They often introduce new ideas and lead profound change. Some of them get Nobel Peace Prizes and some of them, in time, may even become saints. But nobody gets called the Son of God. That’s a category above and beyond all the others. I for one would like to know why.
Let’s read on with our hearts full of curiosity and humility, and love for knowledge, and for each other. It doesn’t get any better than that.