We need to be born again. It is the road of return from our exile, the way to recover our true self, the path to beginning to live our lives from the inside out rather than from the outside in, the exodus from our individual and collective selfishness. To be born again involves dying to the false self, to that identity, to that way of being, and to be born into an identity centred in the Spirit, in Christ, in God. It is the process of internal redefinition of the self whereby a real person is born within us.
— Marcus J. Borg, in The Heart of Christianity, p.117