Unfortunately, mainline Christians have generally allowed their more conservative Christian brothers and sisters to have a near monopoly on "born again" language. . . . When being born again leads to a rigid kind of righteousness, judgmentalism, and sharp boundaries between an in-group and an out-group, its either not a genuine born-again experience or it has a lot of static in it. Being born again is a very rich and comprehensive notion. Rightly understood, it is at the very center of the New Testament and the Christian life. We need to reclaim it.

Marcus J. Borg, The Heart of Christianity