However, I do recall that he talked about the transcendence and
immanence of God in "Meeting Jesus." He thought that the
immanence of God was undervalued by many Christians. So it's
clear that he thinks the immanence of God is important. Most
likely, he also affirms the transcendence of God. However,
knowing Borg's tendency to redefine words so that he can appear
to affirm traditional creeds, I'm not sure what he is affirming
when he affirms the transcendence of God. Perhaps he only
means that God is greater than ourselves and greater than
anything we can see. He may not mean that we human beings have
access to any power outside of human power. It may be hard to
pin down Borg on this point.
By the way, I have to say that one of the things that irritates
me most about liberal theology is its seeming inability to call
a spade a spade.
There's a lot of playing with words. A spade is never a spade;
it's a metaphor for a club, which in turn is a metaphor for a
diamond. They will argue that we can't be sure that Jesus said
such-and-such, and later subtly shift to assuming that we *can*
be sure that Jesus *didn't* say such-and-such. Paul will state
something plainly, and they will appear to agree, but later you
find that they've reinterpreted Paul to say something totally
different. It's impossible to pin them down. A friend of mine
will happily sign statements of faith that directly contradict
her beliefs, and when I challenge her---"Look, it plainly says
this in that statement and you don't believe it, so why did you
sign it?"---she will counter that I'm being a naive literalist.
It seems clear to me that this attitude is a recipe for
hypocrisy and lack of backbone: If you play this game all the
time, then in times of persecution it will be all too easy to
sign any statement that those in power want you to sign and
justify it by some sophistical argument. But I can't seem to
get liberal thinkers to see it this way. They seem perfectly
happy making Jesus or Paul say whatever they want them to say.
Conservatives will also twist Scripture, but at least when I
point it out to them, they recognize it and don't try to squirm
out of it with some kind of clever redefinition of terms.
Borg isn't the worst offender because he does say some things plainly.
But he also pulls the redefinition trick quite often.