Jones vs Borg on the Resurrection

Dear Marcus Borg: Please Reconsider the Resurrection

It’s a fascinating discussion, and I don’t know that I agree (or completely understand – my fault, not Tony’s) with Jones’ position but I really do like these three bits:

First he admits that:

I don’t insist, I believe. I think Jesus actually came back from the dead, and I believe it to be so. But I surely don’t insist that is the case, and I entertain the possibility that it may not have been.

Second, he writes:

My point is this: Since the prominence of the Jesus Seminar in the 1980s and 1990s, most Western Christians have been well aware of the option Borg presents: you can be a Christian and reject the majority belief in the physical resurrection. And the vast majority of Christians have not embraced that position. Call us fideists or naive, but this idea simply has not captured the imagination of very many Christians. And I listen to that evidence, like a judge listens to a jury. The verdict is in: Jesus rose from the dead.

Which seems to contradict the first bit because that sounds a lot to me like insisting rather than just believing.

But then thirdly, he admits that the relationship between his statements is “tricky.”

How this happened, especially holding a weak metaphysic, as I do, is tricky. I’m working that out, and I’ll continue to this week on QTH. And I don’t want to dichotomize between spiritual and physical resurrection — that’s why I tend to refer to it as a “material” resurrection. A materialist Christianity recognizes that what we experience as the “laws of physics” are actually a lot more plastic than previously assumed. In fact, I think that as quantum theory develops, a materialist resurrection will seem more and more compelling.

And what I love and appreciate about this move is that Jones is being himself in and open and honest way. He states plainly what he believes, seems to contradicts himself, and then admits that perhaps his belief system isn’t airtight.

Stated more plainly, I love the lack of pretense and posturing. I love that this is a dialogue between two really bright people and that both are engaging one another honestly.

I’d love to see more of this in Christianity and in the world.


Image source and article:

See also:

Jones’ post that started this tussle:
And Borg’s response:


One thought on “Jones vs Borg on the Resurrection

  1. Of interest might be a new reinterpretation of the moral teachings of Christ and the significance of his Resurrection.

    Radically different from anything else we know of from theology or history, this new teaching is predicated upon the ‘promise’ of a precise, predefined, and predictable experience of transcendent omnipotence and called ‘the first Resurrection’ in the sense that the Resurrection of Jesus was intended to demonstrate Gods’ willingness to reveal Himself and intervene directly into the natural world for those obedient to His will, paving the way for access, by faith, to the power of divine Will and ultimate proof!

    More at

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