The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World's Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be ChristianBrian D. McLarenConvergent Books / 2017 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:2.5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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MattM1 Stars Out Of 5Post Belief ChristianityJuly 9, 2019MattMQuality: 4Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1McLaren posits that as long as we Love Everybody and Welcome Everybody we are good. Beliefs are secondary and should not divide us.
The Problem with being too legalistic in our beliefs is that we often decide we are better than other people - (as if God grades on a curve.)
The Problem with having no basic beliefs other than total acceptance is we denigrate the need for Grace and our individual need for forgiveness.
Then, McLaren goes off on his Green Environmental kick, which always devolves into the Original Sin of Carbon Footprint. Be careful
if you replace belief in God with belief in Environmental Scientists who have a political agenda.
Ian5 Stars Out Of 5Inspirational, Guided by the Pure Essence of ChristMarch 7, 2017IanQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Our best teachers ask us to model the essence of their teaching and the essence of the teaching of Jesus is LOVE, beyond any tradition or proclamation of belief. Brian McLaren boldly speaks on behalf of love through the guidence of Jesus. Join me in compassion.
k2montanaAbsarokee, MontanaAge: 45-54Gender: male1 Stars Out Of 5Not So Great...October 21, 2016k2montanaAbsarokee, MontanaAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1Review: The Great Spiritual Migration
By Brian D. McLaren
When I agree to review this book, stated by Diana Butler Bass, (Grounded; Finding God in World; A Spiritual Revolution), as being Brian McLarens finest book, I wasnt aware that to properly critique The Great Spiritual Migration that I would have to basically write two individual reviews.
First, I would have needs to approach McLarens latest from the position of that of a Child of God, who is also a Christian parent, diligently seeking more of Him. Second, as an author I would need to critique this work from that perspective.
A Christian Parent Diligently Seeking God
Like most Christians, I take a lot of comfort from the fact that my Lord God and Savior is a static God. He doesnt change from moment to moment or fad to fad. Neither does He make any considerations in His requirements from, and for, mankind in order to maintain a status of being politically correct. While several other statements, i.e. positions, presented by McLaren raised my eyebrows for a moment or three, the fact that he admittedly changed his position in regards to the acknowledgment and/or acceptance [as acceptable] of those declaring themselves to be practicing homosexuals was something that put my eyebrows in a permanently raised position. The lead-in to this new position is introduced in chapter 2 (page 39), with Brians statement that, I wish that I could say I became an outspoken ally of LGBT people back in 1974. I didnt. What I did become was a person who privately loosened my grip on the belief that homosexuality was a sin. Apparently this shift came about as a result of a personal friend admitted to being a homosexual during their high-school years. To add to the dilemma this author found himself in, it turns out that some years later, a son and a daughter also presented as homosexual. My wife and I can relate to this, as our youngest decided at one time that she was homosexual, but we took a different position, which is actually the exact same one that Scripture documents that Christ holds. We assured our daughter that nothing she could ever do could keep us from loving her, but that shouldnt be confused with being accepting of her lifestyle choices. Scripturally there isnt a bit of difference in living a homosexual lifestyle, in other words committing sodomy, i.e. sexual perversion, as there is in living a lifestyle committed to murdering someone every day, or raping someone, or stealing from someone, or molesting someone, or .
We explained this to our child, along with the fact that as human beings, we all feel urges that a great part of the time are contrary to what God would have us do, or feel. What we do, or dont do, in response to these urges is what separates those diligently seeking God from those who by choice continue living in [willful] sin. This goes back to my earlier statement that our God is a static, or unchanging, God. Gods positions on sin, whether in general or specifically, has not changed, and this is an example for all Christians to follow.
The mechanism Brian McLaren uses to justify this, and other position changes, is that too much focus is on [specific] beliefs, instead of just loving everyone and everything. From this position its next too impossible to not take the next step, and embrace another position from the not too distant past which led to a whole lot of chaos in its day, that being, If it feels good, do it!
The bottom line is that a sin is a sin is a sin. God doesnt give Christians any options so far as choosing what is, or isnt, a sin. I believe that what were seeing here, unfortunately, is a disconnect between having a Godly love for our fellow man in spite of bad choices and decisions, and not having enough of that same Godly love to say, Hey, what youre doing is so against everything that God wants for you!
Whenever our six-year old want to put their tricycle on top of the garage roof and jump it onto the roof of the car, we tell them No, that will hurt you. This is why we have Gods Word, and just like Him, its unchangeable.
From the Author
Even with my earlier position in regards to the content of this book, I have to say that the Readability of The Great Spiritual Migration is top of the line! The overall layout, combined with the seamless flow from chapter to chapter and topic to topic is as good as anything Ive read, and I read a lot.
The jacket design is just enough to attract the eye, without being to busy to conflict with itself. The same is true with the design of the hardback cover of the book itself, just enough elegance to not be prissy.
The end-of-chapter CONTEMPLATION, CONVERSATION, AND ACTION: sections are something that I wish we saw more often in this type of work, which I would class as much Technical Manual as anything else. When this feature is combined with the Notes section at the end of the book, this is an unspoken encouragement to the reader to use the book as a starting point for further study. Well done, Brian!
Notice: I received a FREE [Hardcopy] of this book from Blogging For Books in return for my fair and unbiased review of The Great Spiritual Migration, (Brian D. McLaren).
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