Experiencing The Heart of Christianity

Experiencing the Heart of Christianity: A 12 Session Program for Groups, is a course developed by Tim Scorer, based on Marcus Borg’s book, “The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith”. It was test piloted by thirteen groups in Canada, the United States and Australia.

Settings
Experiencing The Heart of Christianity Seminars, Small Groups

Styles of Learning

DVD, Reading, Discussion

Number of sessions
12

Length of sessions
2 hours

Aims
The course is designed to help participants engage with issues at the heart of Christianity today, including the Bible, God, Jesus, sin and how to live in a multi-faith pluralistic society

Theological Perspective
Progressive

Age Group
Adult, Student

Specific leadership requirements

Country of origin
Tim Scorer is a minister at Penticton United Church in Canada. Marcus Borg is Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture in the Department of Philosophy at Oregon State University.

Available in languages other than English

Resources provided
The Heart of Christianity, by Marcus Borg DVD with talks by Borg and Scorer along with art works to be used with sessions.
The guide book provides detailed outlines for 12 sessions.
Reproducible resource sheets promote personal and group engagement with material.

Where to purchase in Australia
Mediacom

Cost
$52.45 for Experiencing the Heart of Christianity (course)
$26.95 for The Heart of Christianity (book)

Technology needed
DVD player

Web site

Uniting Church Congregations using Experiencing the Heart of Christianity
Kippax Uniting, Canberra
West End Uniting, Brisbane

Content

From the HarperCollins summary:

World-renowned Jesus scholar Marcus J. Borg shows how we can live passionately as Christians in today’s world by practicing the vital elements of Christian faith.
For the millions of people who have turned away from many traditional beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible, but still long for a relevant, nourishing faith, Borg shows why the Christian life can remain a transforming relationship with God. Emphasizing the critical role of daily practice in living the Christian life, he explores how prayer, worship, Sabbath, pilgrimage, and more can be experienced as authentically life-giving practices.
Borg reclaims terms and ideas once thought to be the sole province of evangelicals and fundamentalists: he shows that terms such as “born again” have real meaning for all Christians; that the “Kingdom of God” is not a bulwark against secularism but is a means of transforming society into a world that values justice and love; and that the Christian life is essentially about opening one’s heart to God and to others.

Chapters in the Book:

1. The heart of Christianity in a time of change
2. Faith – the way of the heart
3 The Bible – the heart of the Tradition
4. God – the Heart of reality
5. Jesus – the Heart of God
6. Born Again – a new heart
7. The Kingdom of God – the heart of justice
8. Thin Places – Opening the heart
9. Sin and Salvation – Transforming the heart
10. The heart of the matter – practice
11. Heart and home – Being Christian in an age of pluralism

John Emmett, in his review, writes:

“Essentially, Marucs Borg’s thesis is that a former paradgim of Christianity – which he simply names as ‘The Earlier Paradigm’ – is no longer convincing, valid or useful. A new paradigm is emerging – which he simply names as ‘The Emerging Paradigm’. Borg then develops his awareness and experience of the emerging paradigm into a broad conceptual framework, exploring the ideas and practices that are determining its style and vitality and persausiveness.”

2 thoughts on “Experiencing The Heart of Christianity

  1. Dirk Testerink

    The book is outstanding, but the course is not! Very little reference to the book in the course, and there is no reason to even read the book to take the course! I wish the course would cause debate about the ideas expressed in the book!
    Dirk

  2. Dirk Testerink

    I was very disappointed with the course after reading one of the most profound books I ever read! The course does not come close to capturing the essence of the book! far too artsy! We will likely redo the course, by reading a chapter then debating it, and discussing it.

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