MARCUS BORG, CHRISTIANS IN THE AGE OF EMPIRE: THEN AND NOW—7 pm, Tuesday, November 18, 2008, East Carolina University The work of Borg, Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University, is controversial and thought-provoking. His most recent publication is The Heart of Christianity: How We Can Be Passionate Believers Today (2003). An advocate of a pantheistic conception of the divine, Dr. Borg has lectured widely in this country, including talks at the Smithsonian and Chautauqua Institutions, and overseas in England, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Israel, and South Africa. Borg sees philosophy as primarily concerned with the role of ideas in our lives. “Ideas matter,” Borg says, “much more than we commonly think they do – especially our world-views and values, namely our ideas about what is real and how we are to live. We receive such ideas from our culture as we grow up, and unless we examine them, we will not be free persons, but will to a large extent live out the agenda of our socialization.” Here is Dr. Borg’s description of his Jarvis Lecture: “What does it mean to be Christians living in an empire? The question is as old as Christianity and, for American Christians, as current as today. The lecture explores the conflict between Christianity and Empire then for the sake of illuminating Christian responsibility now.