Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World - eBook  -     By: Brian D. McLaren
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Jericho Books / 2012 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Jericho Books
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9781455513949
ISBN-13: 9781455513949

Publisher's Description

When four religious leaders walk across the road, it's not the beginning of a joke. It's the start of one of the most important conversations in today's world.

Can you be a committed Christian without having to condemn or convert people of other faiths? Is it possible to affirm other religious traditions without watering down your own?

In his most important book yet, widely acclaimed author and speaker Brian McLaren proposes a new faith alternative, one built on "benevolence and solidarity rather than rivalry and hostility." This way of being Christian is strong but doesn't strong-arm anyone, going beyond mere tolerance to vigorous hospitality toward, interest in, and collaboration with the other.

Blending history, narrative, and brilliant insight, McLaren shows readers step-by-step how to reclaim this strong-benevolent faith, challenging us to stop creating barriers in the name of God and learn how affirming other religions can strengthen our commitment to our own. And in doing so, he invites Christians to become more Christ-like than ever before.

Author Bio

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. After teaching college English, Brian was a church planter, pastor, and networker in the Baltimore-Washington DC area for over 20 years. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the U.S. and internationally, and is Theologian-in-Residence at Life in the Trinity Ministry.

Brian's writing spans over a dozen books, including his acclaimed A New Kind of Christian trilogy, A Generous Orthodoxy, and his most recent titles, Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words (2011) and the eBook prequel to this title, The Girl with the Dove Tattoo (June 2012). A frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs, Brian is also an active and popular blogger, a musician, and an avid outdoor enthusiast. Learn more at his website, www.brianmclaren.net. Brian is married to Grace, and they have four adult children.

Editorial Reviews

"...An essential life lesson about loving our neighbors and tolerating their differences...For Christians on the fence about whether to accept others and their faiths or to insist that only Christianity can adequately serve, this book provides important insights."—Booklist Online
"...Worth reading, lively and passionate at translating progressive theology into a popular idiom."
Publishers Weekly
"...Important and extraordinarily timely...a soothing balm for the searing pain of our times..."—Huffington Post
"Provocative...Even those who don't agree will be bettered by engaging its ideas."—Relevant Magazine
"This is a major work in every sense of the word--so major, in fact, that it would be impossible to exaggerate either its importance or its worth to the current conversation about religion and religions."—Phyllis Tickle, Lecturer on Religion in America and Author of Emergence Christianity: What it Is, Where it is Going, and Why it Matters
"Helpful, timely, and really, really inspiring."—Rob Bell, author of Love Wins
"This is a book to cherish, to read over and over, a book that sheds light and warmth on one of the most difficult questions of our era."—Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core, Author of Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground
"McLaren offers a renewed and renewing vision of Christianity that will challenge every reader to go deeper into its core Truth and find radical urgency to befriend all God's children. If you are not afraid of having your viewpoint, identity, and complacency challenged - read this, for Love itself is to be found here!"—Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church
"With wisdom and wit, Brian McLaren courageously explores the contours of his Christian faith in light of his experiences with people from other religious communities. His questions and insights are important contributions to the unfolding interfaith discussion in the United States and beyond."—Rabbi Or N. Rose, Director, The Center for Global Judaism, Hebrew College

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  1. Texas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book - we need this voice in our generation
    March 26, 2013
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Can you be a "good Christian" without condemning members of other faiths? How should followers of Christ treat members of other religions? These are the questions that Brian McLaren tries to address in this book. I have read a lot of Brian's books and I do appreciate him as an author and for what he brings to the table, but in a lot of ways this book felt much like his previous title A Generous Orthodoxy. In AGO, Brian tries to argue for the center of many of today's Christian denominations and in Cross the Road, Brian now attempts to do that same thing for other faiths.

    If you don't know, 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 Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy, The Secret Message of Jesus, and Everything Must Change. Time magazine called him one of America's top twenty-five evangelicals and he has been a guest on Nightline and Larry King Live.

    In his new book, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammad Cross the Road, McLaren begins each chapter with the word "how." How did a Muslim boy convert me? How your friends can be more dangerous that your enemies, How the doctrine of creation can create humankind(ness.) etc.

    Through each chapter, McLaren shows the reader "how" to navigate this culture where seemingly competing religions butt up side to side and he does it, not by showing our differences, or how other faith practices are wrong, but he does it by showing how in many ways we are similar. This book is about building bridges, not walls.

    McLaren argues that Christianity should be built on "benevolence and solidarity rather than rivalry and hostility." It's the old adage that Christians should be known for what they are "for" and not for what they are "against."

    This book is an easy and simple read, McLaren's voice is easy to listen to and compels you to keep turning pages. I think each generation calls us to reexamine our language and our methodology (not our doctrine) and certainly McLaren has a voice for this generation.

    I loved this book and highly recommend it. Thank you to Jericho books for a free copy for a fair and honest review.
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    Interesting, but has some problems
    January 7, 2013
    Gender: male
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    When any book is interesting, I give it at least 2 stars. This is not boring, as the author does write reasonably well. However, in terms of content and message, there is much here that will disturb many Christians. The author seems to assume that there American churchgoers are guilty of a lot of hostility toward people of other religions (specifically, Muslims). I can't say that such hostility doesn't exist, but it certainly isn't true of any Christians I know of. At times I got the impression that the author wants us to cancel the Great Commission - Jesus' command that his disciples go and make new disciples in all nations. The book insists that Christians reach out to people of other religions - but NOT in the hope they will ever embrace Christianity. The author is entitled to his opinions, of course, but Christianity without evangelism and missions is, well, something else besides Christianity. At times it seemed that the goal in the book was not to make Christians respect and tolerate other religions, but to make us look down on Christians who still engage in evangelism. This book may appeal to ex-Christians who have rejected the Great Commission, but its central message is definitely not in keeping with New Testament Christianity.
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