POWELL BUTTE, OR -- Regligious scholar Marcus Borg died Wednesday after a prolonged illness. The 72-year old taught at Oregon State University from the late 1970s until 2007, when he retired to Powell Butte. KBND News spoke with him in 2012 about the 20+ books he's written. He said, "My vocation passion is to promote adult theological re-education at the congregational level. And, so, for most of my writing career, I've written not for academics, but for general readers seeking what it is to be Christian in our time and place."
On the current deep religious divide in this country, he said, "I think everyone knows Americans are deeply divided. There are really two sides- One is conservatives and conservative Evangelicals; but the other doesn't have a specific name, but generally it's called progressive Christianity, which I think is becoming the dominant force in mainline Protestant denominations."
Borg's book "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time" is the single best selling book by a contemporary Jesus scholar.