Marcus Borg, the Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Ore., will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Monday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel. It is free and open to the public.
The title of his talk is “Jesus in American Christianity Today.”
Borg says, “The United States is statistically the most Christian country in the world. Yet American Christianity is deeply divided by different ways of thinking about Jesus. The lecture explores different ways of telling the story of Jesus today and their consequences for what the Christian life is about.”
Borg also will give a public brown bag lunch talk on the same day at noon in Hillel 101. The title of this talk is “Thinking about Contemporary Atheism: Its Truth and Limitations.”
Known in both academic and church circles as a biblical and Jesus scholar, Borg held the Hundere Chair in Religion and Culture in the philosophy department at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007.
He is the author of 20 books, including Speaking Christian (2011); Reading the Bible Again for the First Time (2001); and Jesus, Uncovering the Life, Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary (2006), a New York Times bestseller. He has co-authored, edited and co-edited books, and wrote his first novel in 2010, Putting Away Childish Things.
Described by The New York Times as “a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars,” Borg has appeared on “Today,” “NewsHour,” “Primetime,” “Fresh Air” and National Geographic programs, among others. 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 work has been translated into 11 languages and he has lectured widely in Europe, as well as Israel, South Africa and North America. Borg received his Ph.D. from Oxford University.