A Generous Orthodoxy  -     By: Brian D. McLaren
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A Generous Orthodoxy

Zondervan/Youth Specialties / 2005 / Paperback

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A confession and a manifesto from a senior leader in the emerging church movement who calls for a radical, Christ-centered orthodoxy of faith and practice that is strong on mission yet generous in spirit. Moves the reader beyond "us/them" stereotyping to a more ancient embrace of "we." 297 pages, softcover. Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.0 X 5.37 (inches)
ISBN: 0310258030
ISBN-13: 9780310258032
UPC: 025986258030

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Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/Calvinist, Anabaptist/Anglican, Methodist, catholic, green, incarnational, depressed- yet hopeful, emergent, unfinished Christian. A confession and manifesto from a senior leader in the emerging church movement. A Generous Orthodoxycalls for a radical, Christ-centered orthodoxy of faith and practice in a missional, generous spirit. Brian McLaren argues for a post-liberal, post-conservative, post-protestant convergence, which will stimulate lively interest and global conversation among thoughtful Christians from all traditions. In a sweeping exploration of belief, author Brian McLaren takes us across the landscape of faith, envisioning an orthodoxy that aims for Jesus, is driven by love, and is defined by missional intent. A Generous Orthodoxy rediscovers the mysterious and compelling ways that Jesus can be embraced across the entire Christian horizon. Rather than establishing what is and is not "orthodox," McLaren walks through the many traditions of faith, bringing to the center a way of life that draws us closer to Christ and to each other. Whether you find yourself inside, outside, or somewhere on the fringe of Christianity, A Generous Orthodoxy draws you toward a way of living that looks beyond the "us/them" paradigm to the blessed and ancient paradox of "we." Also available on abridged audio CD, read by the author.

Author Bio

Brian D. McLaren (MA, University of Maryland) is an author, speaker, activist and public theologian. After teaching college English, Brian pastored Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area. Brain has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors for over 20 years. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the US and internationally.

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  1. Toronto
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    He's my Brother!
    April 13, 2015
    Terry Dunn
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved this book! Mclaren is clear that he believes in the historic Apostle's and Nicene Creeds. From there he discusses what he appreciates about the various Christian denominations and perspectives. He also discusses his concern that the church has often complicated simple faith in Jesus. This book emphasizes a less judgmental form of Christianity that centers on "sermon on the mount" living in the context of whatever church a person attends. Some say Mclaren is "emergent" and has gone astray over the years. I don't know about that based on reading his books and watching him on YouTube etc. What I do know is he is my Christian brother. From this starting point meaningful, Christ-centered discussion can occur. Mclaren would be the first to recommend that we read the gospels and then live them!
  2. Gender: male
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    This Is the New-and-Improved Church??
    August 20, 2012
    Gender: male
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    When you want to make big $$ with a book, pitch it to the largest audience possible. Certainly the author of this toxic book had that in mind, positioning himself (and the potential buyer) as the cool, enlightened thinker who is "beyond categories," neither liberal nor conservative, etc. This passes for wisdom in what is called the "emergent" church. I'll propose a better name: "submergent post-Christian poppycock," for it certainly submerges Christianity (as in drowning). The author claims he accepts the historic creeds of the church (Apostles' and Nicene) and believes in the Bible (sort of). What his religion is based on is (surprise!) "love for all creation," which, as in any religious book written post-1960, is the only thing required of Christians. He is correct: the Bible says a lot about love—but also a lot about living morally, which requires self-control and self-discipline—in short, saying "No" to oneself, something that Christian authors over the centuries took for granted. "Love is all you need" is the sentiment of Lennon and McCartney, not of the Bible—you DO need more than just love. Singing Kum Ba Yah is nice, but the Christian life is a little more demanding than that, and all our individual and global problems will not be solved by a group hug. (When your wife catches you with another woman, see if she'll buy your "love is all you need" excuse.)

    Any book like this is bound to make a few valid points about the failings of Christianity. Granted, there is much to criticize. But I hardly think this author's vision of spirituality as "smile a lot and be tolerant" is any closer to Christianity than what you could find in any church.

    I was, frankly, horrified that Zondervan, which used to be reliably Christian, published this load of poisonous poppycock. To quote Jesus (a good source, in my opinion), "You cannot love God and money." The book is making money for them now, but wait a few years and watch how evangelicals go the way of the mainlines, i.e., losing members by the thousands, since there just isn't much excitement in getting up on Sunday morning to hear the preacher say "Smile, be tolerant, and recycle." That, in a nutshell, is what the "emergent" church is, an attempt by so-called Christians at getting the approval (or at least the attention) of unbelievers by saying, "Hey, we're not hung up on doctrine or morals—it's all about love and not leaving a big carbon footprint!" Whatever this is, it isn't exactly a life-enriching, soul-stirring faith. It bears a disturbing resemblance to the watery faith people have when they call themselves "spiritual but not religious."

    When I read this sort of tripe, I can't help but wonder: Don't people realize that Bibles are very inexpensive, and that the time you wasted on this sort of post-Christian drivel could be spent reading through one of the Gospels, say, Matthew or Luke, where you would get a VERY clear idea of what Christians are supposed to think or do. Of course, Jesus wasn't as entertaining or clever as our post-Christian "spiritual" authors, since he wasn't trying to make a buck, and he took his message seriously. That certainly isn't true of Brian MacLaren.
  3. New Berlin, WI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    This is not a Christian book.
    May 13, 2011
    New Berlin, WI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Emerging Church is not Christian. It's a 1970 comeback of Eastern Mysticism. This is New Age. Do not be deceived.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 8, 2006
    A friend of mine heartily recommended this book to me, and I am very glad that I followed his advice. It was encouraging to read a book that has a Christ-centric focus and delves into the similarities between various Christian denominations, rather than the differences. I found it to be an enlightening book, both spiritually and academically, and was encouraged by the loving challenge to move beyond the artificial barriers of denominations and walk the path where the focus of my faith is Jesus and His call to love one another, rather than the dogma of any particular church.
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