Notes on Chapter 2: The Heart of Christianity

Learning More about Christianity

For the seasons of Epiphany and Lent, we are using The Heart of Christianity, by Marcus Borg. I am very excited about this book and the meaningful conversations about our faith that it invites! There is a spirit moving within Christianity (and also in other faiths) that is calling us into a more honest and passionate experience of God, and a commitment to be more intentional about letting that sacred experience shape our daily living. “Learning More about Christianity” is an opportunity for us at Saint James’ to walk that path into a deeper faith together.

Fr Randolph

Quotes and Questions for Chapter 2, The Heart of Christianity

Quote from Page 40

Credo [“I believe”] does not mean “I hereby agree to the literal-factual truth of the following statements.” Rather, its Latin roots combine to mean “I give my heart to.” As mentioned earlier in this chapter, the heart is the self at its deepest level, a level below the intellect. As the giving of one’s heart, credo means “I commit my loyalty to,” “I commit my allegiance to.”

Thus, when we say credo at the beginning of the creed, we are saying, “I give my heart to God.”

conversation QUESTIONS
  1. How does this quote inform your understanding of the creeds?
  2. What do you think of the point that believing is more about the heart than the head?

Quote from Pages 40-41

The premodern meanings of “faith” generate a relational understanding of the Christian life. I return to the words of Jesus as he spoke about the greatest commandment, and as I do so, I substitute the word “relationship.” It is exegetically defensible and expresses the meaning well.  At the center of the Christian life are two relationships that are ultimately one. The first relationship is “You shall love the Lord your God with all you heart, life force, mind, and strength.” The second relationship, “like it,” is “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”… The Christian life is as simple and challenging as this: to love God and to love that which God loves.

Conversation Questions
  1. What is your opinion of the primary focus of faith being relationships?
  2. How does this understanding play out in your life?