January 22, 2010
Biblical and Jesus scholar Dr. Marcus Borg to speak February 22&23 as part of Staley Lecture Series

Internationally known biblical and Jesus scholar Dr. Marcus J. Borg will speak at Lees-McRae College February 22-23 as part of the Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Series.

Dr. Borg is the Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, OR, was Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007 and has authored or co-authored 18 books including the New York Times Best-Seller Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary (2006).

There will be three opportunities to hear Dr. Borg as he will present three lectures in a series he calls "Christianity in a New Millennium". The first lecture in the series, "God for a New Millennium," will be Monday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.

On Monday evening, Dr. Borg will present his second lecture called "Jesus Christ for a New Millennium" at 7 p.m. The third lecture will be "The Bible for a New Millennium" at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Each lecture will take place in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center at Lees-McRae College. These lectures are free and open to the public.

"We are thrilled to be hosting Dr. Marcus Borg for our Staley Lecture Series February 22-23. His writings have had a powerful impact on my own faith journey, and I know this is true for many others as well," said Lees-McRae Campus Chaplain Jim Taylor. "This is a tremendous opportunity to both challenge and strengthen one's understanding of the Christian experience, and we hope you will attend what is sure to be an informative and enriching series of lectures."

Described by The New York Times as "a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars," Dr. Borg has appeared on NBC's "Today Show" and "Dateline," PBS's "Newshour," ABC's "Evening News" and "Prime Time" with Peter Jennings, NPR's "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross, and several National Geographic programs. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he has been national chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and co-chair of its International New Testament Program Committee, and is past president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars.

He is the author of 18 books including Jesus: A New Vision (1987) and the best-seller Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time (1994); The God We Never Knew (1997) and Reading the Bible Again for the First Time (2001). His newest books are Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary (2006), a New York Times Best-Seller; Conversations with Scripture: Mark (2009), and three books co-authored with John Dominic Crossan, The Last Week (2006), The First Christmas (2007), and The First Paul (2009). His next book will be a novel, Putting Away Childish Things, to be published early in 2010.

The Staley Christian Scholar Lecture Series at Lees-McRae College is made possible by an endowment funded by the Thomas F. Staley Foundation. The series is designed to provide scholarly evangelical speakers for religious emphasis programs at small Christian colleges. Thomas F. Staley strongly felt that young Americans should have the opportunity of hearing the faith defended by evangelicals who were also well-trained scholars.

The Staley Lecture Series welcomed Dr. Tony Campolo to campus last fall and the legendary Doc Watson last spring. For more information about Dr. Marcus Borg's lectures and the Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Series at Lees-McRae, contact Jim Taylor in the Chaplain's Office at or 828-898-3142.

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