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A Generous Orthodoxy in Retrospect

A Generous Orthodoxy in Retrospect
I can’t tell you the exact date when I began to read A Generous Orthodoxy. I think it was shortly after the book was released, a little less than ten years ago. I have a distinct memory of riding on a train from O’Hare to downtown Chicago on a business trip, the book in my hands as the train rocked back and forth. The experience f [...]

More on Soul-Sorting

More on Soul-Sorting
Scot McKnight has been blogging (here, here, and here) about Brian McLaren’s description of the “conventional” reading of the Bible, which characterizes it as a story about soul-sorting. My own review of McLaren’s chapter on this subject, which gives a little more detail about the subject of soul-sorting, is here. McKn [...]

A New Kind of Christianity #10: The W...

A New Kind of Christianity #10: The What-Next Question
[This is the tenth – and final – part of a multiple-post review of Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christianity, which I introduced here. In the book, McLaren sets out the ten questions that he believes are reshaping Christianity in the West.] McLaren’s book concludes with this question: How can we translate our quest into action? He make [...]

A New Kind of Christianity #9: The Pl...

A New Kind of Christianity #9: The Pluralism Question
[This is the ninth part of a multiple-post review of Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christianity, which I introduced here. In the book, McLaren sets out the ten questions that he believes are reshaping Christianity in the West.] How should followers of Jesus treat people of other religions? On a practical level, this may be the most importan [...]

A New Kind of Christianity #8 –...

A New Kind of Christianity #8 – The Future Question
[This is the eighth part of a multiple-post review of Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christianity, which I introduced here. In the book, McLaren sets out the ten questions that he believes are reshaping Christianity in the West.] McLaren's ideas are not as compartmentalized as one might expect. From an examination of the subtitle (&q [...]

A New Kind of Christianity #7 –...

A New Kind of Christianity #7 – The Sex Question
[This is the seventh part of a multiple-post review of Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christianity, which I introduced here. In the book, McLaren sets out the ten questions that he believes are reshaping Christianity in the West.] Question 7 is this: Can we find a way to address human sexuality without fighting about it? This is the most [...]

A New Kind of Christianity #6 –...

A New Kind of Christianity #6 – The Church Question
[This is the sixth part of a multiple-post review of Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christianity, which I introduced here. In the book, McLaren sets out the ten questions that he believes are reshaping Christianity in the West.] The first five questions in A New Kind of Christianity are sweeping and conceptual in nature. They deal with i [...]

A New Kind of Christianity #5 –...

A New Kind of Christianity #5 – The Gospel Question
[This is the fifth part of a multiple-post review of Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christianity, which I introduced here. In the book, McLaren sets out the ten questions that he believes are reshaping Christianity in the West.] Having considered the nature of God in question 3 and the nature of Jesus in question 4, one might expect McLa [...]

Throwing the First Stone, Part 3

Throwing the First Stone, Part 3
This is the third and final post in a series involving the story of the woman (allegedly) caught in adultery. In the initial post I described how the case against the woman under the Mosaic law was problematic for at least two reasons. First, the Mosaic law appears to treat adultery primarily as a crime that a man commits against another man [...]

A New Kind of Christianity #4 –...

A New Kind of Christianity #4 – The Jesus Question
[This is the fourth part of a multiple-post review of Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christianity, which I introduced here. In the book, McLaren sets out the ten questions that he believes are reshaping Christianity in the West.] Who is Jesus? Why is he important? Is Jesus the victim of identity theft? These are the issues that are at st [...]

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