Reimagining Christian Religious Identity (Part 1: The Crisis of Christian Identity)
Reformulating Christian Doctrine (Part 2: The Doctrinal Challenge–1)
Reformulating Christian Doctrine (Part 2: The Doctrinal Challenge–2)
Reconstructing Christian Practices (Part 3: The Liturgical Challenge)
Redefining Christian mission (Part 4: The Missional Challenge)
On September 11, 2012, Brian McLaren released his newest book Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World. While I wonder who is still reading McLaren anymore, a few weeks ago I picked up and finished reading this newest iteration in McLaren’s theological enterprise. I was interested in reading it because I spent my ThM thesis, and subsequent book, tracing the theological development of liberal Kingdom grammar from Friedrich Schleiermacher to Brian McLaren. So I wanted to see where this trajectory has taken McLaren.
After finishing his book I am not at all surprised at his conclusions. In the end, McLaren is a dyed-in-the wool religious pluralist, along the lines of Huston Smith. While his ideas stopped being Christian at least two years ago with his theological opus, McLaren’s latest takes the cake. Which is why I’d like to spend 5 blog posts reviewing it, beginning Wednesday with an introduction. The other four will focus on the book’s four parts: reimagining Christian religious identity; reformulating Christian doctrine; reconstructing Christian practices; and redefining Christian mission.
So if you’ve been wondering what Brian has been up to, and would like some interaction with his ideas, then stick around the next 2 weeks for what should prove to be a very interesting set of posts.
PS—These blog posts will form the final part of a short, cheap ebook I’m launching at the end called The Gospel of Brian McLaren: A New Kind of Christianity for a Multi-Faith World. It will include these posts and the chapter on McLaren’s Kingdom grammar from my Kingdom book. All for $2.99!