This was a very thought-provoking and useful book.
August 17, 2012
Age: Over 65
A New Kind of Christian explores something I more than suspected about a decade ago--we are beyond the Modern Period and need to adjust to the differences in our practice of our religion. The arguments the characters in the book make are excellent and civil to those who would oppose them.
I appreciate Christian Books offering a book with such valuable insights.
This book has served as a great catalyst for honest and real conversation. The use of fiction helps to disarm the reader long enough to get to the deep questions that are the meat of the book. I don't think the point is to agree with everything. The point is to help foster environments where people can feel safe enough to ask these questions.
This book was a very confusing book. I was excited to read it at first until suddenly the "teacher" character believed in evolution. I felt like the message was that we should accept that the scientists are right, but there was no scientific argument and there are a lot of good sciences proofs for six day creation. That said there seemed a passion for God in the book, but it was hard to take what was said with this one obviously glaring misconception on the new Christian. If you read this book I sugest you also go to Answers in Genesis and review the evidence for Creation too.
I bought this book because I suspected it was about the emergent church's new theology and I wanted to know what that consisted of. The emergent church is so hard to pin down, though. There's a lot of truth in the emergent church movement and we shouldn't throw this out. We can learn from this movement. All religions contain some or even much truth. There's a continuum from far-left emergent to far right traditional. I'm not sure where, precisely, you cross the line in either direction into heresy, but the line is there. This book comes a little close to it in the "leftern" hemisphere. Maybe crosses it occasionally. Maybe more than occasionally.Any book on Christianity with "new" in the title is a little suspect. It's not that newness is bad in all senses--just in so far as it diverges from pure doctrine. God gave us truth and truth of this kind is not relative. If our "new" disputes God's "old", then it's the new that's garbage.I'm sorry to offend anyone (sorry to offend though not sorry to tell the truth), but contrary to this author's apparent beliefs, I do believe that the Bible is true and that, yes, all of it happened (barring the obviously apocalyptic and the obviously symbolic, etc.) and that it all happened literally in history. The part that hasn't happened will be happening shortly. Really and actually, in history, though future history in this case.I do not recommend this book unless the reader is well-grounded in study of the actual Bible and in his/her relationship with the God in whom we live and move and have our being. If you do truly know what the Bible teaches and know what you believe, then sure, read the book. It will give you a fairly good handle on what this author sees as the new kind of "Christian".God Bless and Keep You,Cindy