A New Kind of Christianity
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Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2011
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We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in the church. Not since the Reformation five centuries ago have so many Christians come together to ask whether the church is in sync with their deepest beliefs and commitments. These believers range from evangelicals to mainline Protestants to Catholics, and the person who best represents them is author and pastor Brian McLaren.
In this much anticipated book, McLaren examines ten questions facing today's church—questions about how to articulate the faith itself, the nature of its authority, who God is, whether we have to understand Jesus through only an ancient Greco-Roman lens, what exactly the good news is that the gospel proclaims, how we understand the church and all its varieties, why we are so preoccupied with sex, how we should think of the future and people from other faiths, and the most intimidating question of all: what do we do next? Here you will find a provocative and enticing introduction to the Christian faith of tomorrow.
Brian D. McLaren, hailed as one of America's 25 most influential evangelicals by Time magazine, is a speaker, social justice activist, pastor, and the author of A New Kind of Christianity, A Generous Orthodoxy, A New Kind of Christian, and The Secret Message of Jesus. McLaren has appeared on Nightline and Larry King Live, and his work has been covered in The Washington Post, the New York Times, Christianity Today, and many other publications. McLaren and his wife, Grace, live in Florida and have four adult children.
“Very rarely a book appears that houses the power to change a generation. A New Kind of Christianity is nothing less than one of those moments.”’
“...Reading a Brian McLaren book is not for the theologically faint of heart... McLaren calls the church to a deeper and broader vision of the gospel that makes room for contemporary issues of justice and reconciliation”
“Brian McLaren, considered one of the more articulate leaders in the emergent church, has a lot of questions. And he hopes Christians won’t avoid those questions. In his new book, A New Kind of Christianity, McLaren questions conventional truths and calls for a major overhaul of the Christian faith.”
“Christians must be unlocked from‘a prison’ of long-held assumptions and have the freedom to ask honest questions, Brian McLaren indicates in his newest book, A New Kind of Christianity. He’s not advocating for a new set of beliefs, he says, but rather a ‘new way of believing.’”
“...McLaren is considered one of the country’s most influential evangelicals, and his new book, A New Kind of Christianity, takes aim at some core doctrinal beliefs. McLaren is rethinking Jesus’ mission on Earth, and even the purpose of the crucifixion.”
“...A New Kind of Christianity... has lit the fuses of critics in the Christian press and blogosphere.”
“A New Kind of Christianity is the book that many of us have been wanting McLaren to write for years. …Sparks hopeful conversation… a beautiful and thoughtful way forward.”
“[McLaren] has been hailed widely as one of the most significant religious leaders of our time, compared by some to the leaders of the Protestant Reformation….In articulating this longing and his disquiet with the status quo, McLaren strikes a chord with many.”
“McLaren has become an important and controversial figure in Christian thought…. Structured around 10 basic questions about the faith, the book will provoke debate. And it shouldthese are important questions worthy of our thought and (loving) discussion.”
“McLaren is advocating a different, perhaps upgraded form of Christianity that takes a more objective view of history and employs a better interpretation of the Bible,... rendering it more applicable and accessible to a modern, educated people.”
“...Very thought provoking.”
“Brian’s writing is brave and honest, vulnerable and courageous, disturbing and unsettling, reassuring and hopeful. Every now and then you come across a book you’ve been waiting for. A New Kind of Christianity is that book.”
“McLaren clearly has been asking important questions about Christian witness for decades.... A New Kind of Christianity continues McLaren’s project of assessing and reassessing our assumptions concerning the foundations of modern Christian practice by asking ten important questions about the pillars of the Christian faith.”
“Some books provide us with information about the world, but every once in a while a book appears that enables us to imagine new, more wonderful worlds. The book you hold in your hand is one of these.”
“A new reformation is taking place in Christianity. Brian McLaren is one of its leading voices and A New Kind of Christianity is a roadmap for this reformation. This is a very important book.”
“Now and then gifted people emerge who see the situation from a higher and more helpful level. Brian McLaren is one of those seers.”
“Brian McLaren is an author, speaker, pastor, and networker among innovative Christian leaders, thinkers, and activists. He is the author of A New Kind of Christianity...[a] bold and imaginative new work.”
“These are questions that many in the church, and beyond, are asking. His patient explorations will prove helpful to many who value Evangelicalism’s piety but worry that it has failed to thoughtfully engage hard but unavoidable questions.”
“[When reading] Brian McLaren’s latest - A New Kind of Christianity…one gets the impression we are at a pivot point, a moment that upsets the whole terrain of theological allegiances having to do with the post evangelical emerging church developments of the last ten-fifteen years.”
“...A New Kind of Christianity is incredibly well written, engaging, thoughtful and provoking….one of the most significant conversations that will shape Christianity for years to come.”
JacksatonementGender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Sensitive, Clear, and ImportantJune 30, 2014JacksatonementGender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This is a very lucid, sensitive, and remarkably thoughtful attempt to put into words the reform that many feel is needed in the depths of their hearts. It is not to be expected that one will agree with all the author has to say -- really, are there any authors like that? The point is moreover that these sorts of books -- this sort in particular -- filled with conversations, care, passion, and wrestling, desperately need to take place and emerge.
For myself, this book was foundational in pushing me further into my faith journey, and in discovering/realizing more fully the implications of my/our faith on the world.
Read with an open spirit: take what you will, leave what you cannot, as you should with any book. Join a very important process that is taking place in the heart of Christianity and Christians everywhere. The Protestant reformation met worse resistance than authors like this in trying to grapple with a new sense of faith: of course things will be messy in today's world too, and many people will disagree and others will simply write off books like these, just as the institutional power did in the 16th century. Just take a look at our history -- you can be sure that things will always be moving and progressing forward. The question is, what will, in the end, prove to be fruitful and faithful? tIme will tell, perhaps. In the meantime, give this incredible book a read, and wrestle with the answers for yourself.
Overall -- highly recommended essays, sensitive and clear on ten extremely important questions that are facing the church (besides what some may say or close their eyes and ears to . . .)
PlesionGender: male2 Stars Out Of 5Faith diluted by cultureSeptember 17, 2012PlesionGender: maleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 2I know this is marketed as a "Christian book," but despite that, and despite the title, it departs from the Bible so far as to make me think the author is trying to design a new religion based on focus groups of unbelievers.
He certainly has no affection for doctrines that have been part of Christianity for two millennia. First off, he denies the Fall in Genesis - as in, not just denying that Adam and Eve literally existed, but denying that the Fall (teaching that all human beings are sinful, seeking their own way instead of God's way) is a necessary belief for Christians. (Karl Barth, a much deeper thinker than this author, said the Fall was the one Christian doctrine that could be proven by reading the newspaper.) In short, he doesn't really seem to believe in sin, so in this scheme of things, Jesus isn't really a Savior.
Second, the author asks, Can we find a better way to address sexuality without arguing about it? Bluntly, the answer is No, we can't. If the author had bothered to read the Old and New Testaments (something that would be very useful to anyone suggesting a radical overhaul of Christianity), he might notice that sexual morals were very low in ancient times - that is, the Israelites and Christians were surrounded by cultures that tolerated a disgusting level of sexual immorality - not just consensual, no-strings sex, but exploitive, degrading sex. Is our situation today different? No. But people of God are still called to a higher standard. That is not easy to do, and we are human. But if we're doing what the Bible and Christian tradition call us to do, we can't help but argue with our sexualized culture. This author has many fans who claim to be evangelicals, but his approach to sex is typically liberal - he would prefer to ignore the subject, since it sets Christians apart from non-Christians.
Third, the author puts himself in the position of the Gnostics who wrote their pseudo-Gospels, not to mention the founders of a thousand sects and cults over the past 2000 years: I'm here to tell you the REAL meaning of Christianity, which you aren't getting in your churches. I'll grant there is plenty of reform needed in the churches (like, for starters, stop conforming to the godless culture). But this author doesn't seem to want constructive reform but, rather, something that bears only a passing resemblance to Christianity.
I have to wonder why people like the author remain in the church. Do they enjoy making a profit from the conservative Christians that they look down on? Do they enjoy the notoriety they get in doing radio and TV interviews, appearing to be the cocky "rebels" flirting with danger? (Obviously there is no real danger in offending Christians, though there is an ultimate danger that Jesus warned about.) Think how much the church would gain if its attention-seeking radicals left the church and started their own sect.
This very mischievous book could lead many faithful people astray. The author is on the record saying he does not believe in hell, so apparently he can do what he does without fear of punishment. Stand by for an update.
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