Best-selling author Marcus Borg to speak on Christianity’s political context

Bestselling author and religion scholar Marcus J. Borg will deliver public lectures on atheism and on Christianity's political context Oct. 16 at Gettysburg College.

Borg's dozen books include "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time" and "The God We Never Knew." He has appeared on NBC's "Today" show, PBS's "Newshour," ABC's "Evening News" and NPR's "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross.

Borg will discuss "The Truth and Limits of Atheism" at 11:30 a.m. in the Ballroom of the College Union Building on West Lincoln Avenue.

His second lecture, "Being Christian In a Time of Empire: Then and Now," will begin at 7 p.m. in the Mara Auditorium of Masters Hall, near the campus fountain. Both events are open to the public without charge. Borg also plans to interact with students in classes.

"Not all religious thinkers are literalist-fundamentalist in orientation," said Gettysburg College Chaplain Dr. Joseph Donnella. "Borg has the capacity to gently challenge while being respectful; he is highly ecumenical and is also keenly committed to the necessity of interfaith communication, dialogue and prayer."

Borg, who holds a doctorate from Oxford University, is the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University. He has lectured across the world. His books have been translated into numerous languages.

In addition to Donnella's office, event sponsors include Gettysburg College's Department of Religion, College Life Division, and Events Planning and Coordinating Committee and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences. With a student body of approximately 2,600, it is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Posted Sept. 29, 2008

Posted: Mon, 29 Sep 2008




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