many of my readers are aware of a recently released and important book, authored by someone whose influence on my own way of thinking and being as a follower of God in the way of jesus cannot be overstated.
brian mclaren’s most recent work, why did jesus, moses, the buddha, and mohammed cross the road? :: christian identity in a multi-faith world has been critically acclaimed as his most important work to date, and is equally likely (not surprisingly) to be the most disruptive yet to the conservative american evangelical status quo.
in characteristic skillful prose, mclaren poses questions that point us toward a strong, benevolent christian identity in a multi-faith world. still, many of his critics would declare some of his wonderings wander beyond the boundaries of orthodoxy. mclaren himself reflects,
‘The deeper question is not whether revision [to doctrines, the church calendar, et cetera] is allowed, but rather whether [it] as it is currently practiced is actually working. Is it producing Christians with a strong and benevolent identity? If not, then how, in these critical times, could we possibly justify not revising it?‘