Groundbreaking author Brian McLaren, voice of the Christian emergent movement and author of the 'New Kind of Christian' series, poses ten controversial questions that could lead to a radical redefinition of the Christian faith. What is the overarching storyline of the Bible? What is the Gospel? Why is sexuality such a divisive issue among ...Read MoreGroundbreaking author Brian McLaren, voice of the Christian emergent movement and author of the 'New Kind of Christian' series, poses ten controversial questions that could lead to a radical redefinition of the Christian faith. What is the overarching storyline of the Bible? What is the Gospel? Why is sexuality such a divisive issue among Christians? How should followers of Jesus relate to people of other religions? McLaren gives his own responses to these questions, inviting the reader to a new and generous way of thinking about Christianity.Read Less
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This book addresses the issues of the mainstream church of the 21st century. Not always agreeable, but always thought provoking.
Apr 1, 2010
Not really that new
While I gave this book 4 stars and highly recommend it, I do so with a word of caution because, although I agree with the quest that Brian is on, I do not agree with the direction that the quest is taking him.
The ten questions that he asks in this book are crucial questions that need to be answered by the 21st century church, and answered honestly.
The "new" Christianity, however, isn't really all that new. It is, essentially a denial of most of what makes Christianity the truth and it seems to be fueled more by an emotional response to crucial concerns than by honest and careful exegesis. Brian is not a scholar and has had no formal Bible training. He is quite proud of that and it is a shame. Brian basically discounts the old testament as the emotional reaction of a primitive religion. He further makes claims that his own "new" Christianity is the next step in the evolution of Christianity.
While I highly recommend the book for the probing questions and the passion of the quest, I am saddened at the easy answers that Brian comes to in trying to essentially redefine Christianity to his liking.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-12-14 McLaren's fans and detractors have eagerly awaited this book, which promises to codify the beliefs he introduced in his bestselling A New Kind of Christian and other titles. McLaren, one of the most visible faces of the emergent movement, examines 10 questions the church must answer as it heads toward "a new way of believing." McLaren deconstructs the "Greco-Roman narrative" of the Bible and addresses how the Bible should be understood as an "inspired library," not a "constitution." He moves into questions regarding God, Jesus, and the Gospel, urging us to "trade up" our image of God and realize that Jesus came to "launch a new Genesis." The Church, sexuality, the future, and pluralism merit chapters, as does McLaren's final call for "a robust spiritual life." Followers will rejoice as McLaren articulates his thoughts with logic and eloquence; detractors will point out his artful avoidance of firm answers on salvation, hell, and a final judgment. All sides will flock to this with glee. (Feb.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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