“Some books provide us with information about the world, but every once in a while a book appears that enables us to imagine new, more wonderful worlds. [A New Kind of Christianity] is one of these.” —Peter Rollins, Ikon A New Kind of Christianity is Brian D. McLaren’s much anticipated follow-up to his breakthrough work of the emergent-church movement, A New Kind of Christian. Named by Time magazine as one of America’s top 25 evangelicals, McLaren, along with such contemporaries as N.T. Wright, Jim Wallis, and Rob Bell, is one of the acknowledged leaders of a new generation of Christians who want to update their faith for current times while remaining true to the core message of Jesus. In this controversial and thought-provoking book, McLaren explores the questions that will determine the shape of Christianity for the next 500 years.
McLaren's fans and detractors have eagerly awaited this book, which promises to codify the beliefs he introduced in his bestselling A New Kind of Christian and other titles. McLaren, one of the most visible faces of the emergent movement, examines 10 questions the church must answer as it heads toward "a new way of believing." McLaren deconstructs the "Greco-Roman narrative" of the Bible and addresses how the Bible should be understood as an "inspired library," not a "constitution." He moves into questions regarding God, Jesus, and the Gospel, urging us to "trade up" our image of God and realize that Jesus came to "launch a new Genesis." The Church, sexuality, the future, and pluralism merit chapters, as does McLaren's final call for "a robust spiritual life." Followers will rejoice as McLaren articulates his thoughts with logic and eloquence; detractors will point out his artful avoidance of firm answers on salvation, hell, and a final judgment. All sides will flock to this with glee.
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A Well Written Book That Asks The Hard Questions
You will be challenged if you read this with an open mind. It can be difficult, but its well worth it.