One of Borg central tenants of been a Christian is Jesus. But how he understands Jesus is quite different from a typical Evangelical/Pentecostal understanding.
Borg makes the claim that Christianity is unique in that it reveals God through a person Jesus. While in other religions this is found in the Torah or Qur'an.
Borg has five reasons why he believes seeing Jesus with a new paradigm matters.
- The historical-metaphorical approach matters because a Jesus and the Christian life based on literalism are 'unpersuasive' to many many people. The historical older paradigm emphasizes the literal and the unbelievable which goes with it.
- The importance of a Pre-Easter and Post-Easter Jesus.
- Pre-Easter is before Jesus Death
- Post-Easter is after his death or 'what Jesus became' after his death. This is important and something which I hadn't really thought about before. Post-Easter his disciple and ourselves continue to experience Jesus even after his death.
- One you get your head around the pre and post Easter Jesus they have a profound effect on how you understand the Gospels. Some of Borgs conclusions are::
- The Gospels are a continuation of the Post Jesus Tradition witten decades after Jesus actual death.
- Gospels have two stories, the pre Easter Jesus and then other traditions and understanding of the community afterwards.
- He was a Jesus Mystic, who had 'vivid and typical frequent experiences of God.
- He was a healer. Healers were also found in Jewish history.
- He was a wisdom teacher, 'they teach a way, a path, a life'
- He was a social prophet, much like many of the Old Testement historical figures
- He was a movment initiator, a movment came about because of his life.