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Everything Must Change: When the World's Biggest Problems and Jesus' Good News Collide Paperback – August 31, 2009
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About the Author
Brian D. McLaren (MA, University of Maryland) is an author, speaker, activist and public theologian. After teaching college English, Brian pastored Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area. Brain has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors for over 20 years. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the US and internationally.
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The 'Suicide machine' is the metaphor McLaren says 'captures the way the world's most serious problems are linked in a vicious, self-reinforcing circle' (52). These suicidal systems are the following: dysfunctional prosperity system (culture of affluenza), dysfunctional security system (invisible hand of the market requires the visible fist of the military), and the dysfunctional equity system (sharing the cost and story of prosperity and equity) (55-56).
The 'Kingdom of God' is the metaphor McLaren uses to describe the alternative, transforming framing story that has the potential to bring life instead of death. The Kingdom of God is the divine vision of justice and peace communicated in Hebrew and Christian scripture. For McLaren, the Kingdom of God offers the best framing story: 'a story in which God provides through creation's natural systems, a story in which we acknowledge our creaturely dignity and limits within those systems, a story in which we celebrate our kinship with birds and flowers, with season and toil' (139). This story is a story where peace is achieved through collaborative efforts at 'justice, generosity, and mutual concern' (159).Read more ›
According to McLaren, we live in a societal system consisting of three subsystems: the prosperity, equity and security systems. These are all guided by a framing narrative. The world was made in such a way that these should function in perfect harmony as they are guided by God's framing story, but unfortunately they have become misaligned so they no longer function as they should. When the framing narrative is destructive, this system can go suicidal, ultimately self-destructing. This is society as we know it now--a society that is completely suicidal. And this is the problem Jesus came to address. Having thought long and hard about the world's problems, McLaren says this: "Our plethora of critical global problems can be traced to four deep dysfunctions, the fourth of which is the lynchpin or leverage point through which we can reverse the first three." These three crises are linked in a very tightly integrated system that functions as this "suicide machine.Read more ›
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Thought provoking, the author articulates a lot of the same beliefs and feelings I've never really been able to put into words. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This book is now almost ten years old, and it stands up remarkably well. I think that the review writers who read this back in 2007 are probably feeling a bit sheepish, because... Read morePublished 4 months ago by RI in Canada
I like it but it is much too long. His points are well taken, but they could just as easily been made in 2/3 the number of pages. He got on a roll and got carried away. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jason McMahon
Very good book. I recommend it to anyone interested in making the changes needed in our country and to be involved in bringing them to reality.Published 6 months ago by CHARLITA FOXHOVEN
One of Brian McLaren's most interesting books. His research was very commendable.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mr. McLaren strikes me as someone who is desperate to keep Christianity (and its mascot, Jesus) relevant in an age where logic and reason are finally gaining a foothold, and an... Read morePublished 10 months ago by bordeauxguy
I don't know if it is possible to understate the impact this book has had on my life. I read it during a time of great upheaval in my life, and this book was a part of that... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Todd King
Thought provoking. 10% of our military budget could make the world comfortable. There is something in this book for everyone.Published 10 months ago by mythe