Putting Away Childish Things: A Novel of Modern Faith

Paperback | May 3, 2011

byMarcus J. Borg

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“We all know that Marcus Borg is a gifted teacher, biblical scholar, and writer of nonfiction, but it turns out that he’s a master storyteller, too.”
— Brian D. McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity

Bestselling author, Bible scholar, and theologian Marcus Borg (Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, The Heart of Christianity, The Last Week) uses his core teachings on faith and the Bible to demonstrate their transformative power and potential in Putting Away Childish Things: the moving, inspirational story of a college professor, her students, and a crisis of faith.

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“We all know that Marcus Borg is a gifted teacher, biblical scholar, and writer of nonfiction, but it turns out that he’s a master storyteller, too.” — Brian D. McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity Bestselling author, Bible scholar, and theologian Marcus Borg (Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, The Heart of Christianity, ...

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In Putting Away Childish Things, Marcus Borg weaves his insightful teachings on Christianity into a new form—fiction. In this compelling tale, we meet Kate—a popular religion professor at a liberal arts college in a small midwestern town who thinks her life is right on track. She loves her job, is happy with her personal and spiritual ...

Marcus J. Borg (1942–2015) was a pioneering author and teacher whom theNew York Timesdescribed as "a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars." He was the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, and he appeared on NBC's...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:May 3, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Putting Away Childish Things Does faith have a place in our modern society? Can religion evolve to keep pace with knowledge? Should it? Marcus Borg thinks so, and for the first time he puts his insights into the form of a novel. Borg is a leading New Testament scholar well-known for his many non-fiction books on theology. (Read about him at www.marcusjborg.com.) Readers of his non-fiction work anticipated this novel with interest, curious about how he would apply his take on theology to characters in real-life situations. Could Borg’s fictional story enrich our real lives? Borg approaches fiction with some trepidation. His preface, where he admits to lacking a novelist’s imagination or gifts and writing a “didactic” novel, reminds me of a cook standing in the kitchen door saying, “Thank you for coming to dinner, but it’s my first stab at pot roast, and I’m sure it’s not very good.” The novel is, in the end, both fiction and non-fiction. The fictional part of the book involves the main character, Kate Riley, a professor of religious studies at an American college. Kate faces the conflicts that arise in such a situation and ponders her challenges over glasses of perfectly poured Guinness. The university setting provides the perfect opportunity for Borg to showcase his non-fiction expertise. Kate’s lectures and interactions with students are summarized versions of Borg’s non-fiction work. The overall effect is that of fictional openings created into which to plunk non-fiction writing. Those who have read Borg’s non-fiction works might be disappointed in this book. They will be familiar with the themes, and the supporting fictional framework is not strong enough to create a page-turning reading experience. But Borg wrote Putting Away Childish Things for readers who would not normally pick up his non-fiction books. Newcomers to a spiritual quest will find this book enlightening and thought-provoking. They will enjoy the read and come away richer for the theological insights. Arlene Somerton Smith www.wednesdaybookreview.wordpress.com www.scienceandstory.wordpress.com
Date published: 2012-07-09

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“I thoroughly enjoyed the book and wholeheartedly recommend it…. Many a book group will enjoy discussing Putting Away Childish Things, and many a questioning Christian’s faith will be sustained by the story.”