- The uniqueness of Christianity
- Salvation as afterlife
- Requirements and rewards
- Sin, guilt, and forgiveness
- The Bible
- Faith as believing
3. Borg does not view this paradigm favorably. He writes on page 17 that it “has become an intellectual and moral stumbling block for millions of people in our time, inside the church and outside of it.” And, “Indeed, the belief-centered paradigm is the single biggest reason for the decline of mainline denominations over the past 40 years.” Where do you see evidence of these conclusions today? What damage do they continue to inflict upon the church?
- Adult theological re-education
- Christian practices
- Compassion and a passion for justice
- Political consciousness
- Living deeply into the Bible/Christian tradition
- Commitment and intentionality
7. Finally, Borg writes on page 32: “It is trust and loyalty that transform us. Beliefs may precede them or follow them or remain quite unconnected to them. But beliefs do not save us, do not transform us. Trust and loyalty do. This centering is the purpose of the Christian life.” How does this reality both free us and equip us for discipleship to Jesus and service to the world?