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A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I Am a Missional, Evangelical, Post/Protestant, Liberal/Conservative, Mystical/Poetic, Biblical, Charismatic/Contemplative, Fundamentalist/Calvinist, Anabaptist/Anglican, Methodist, Catholic, Green, Incarnational, Depressed-yet-Hopeful, Emergent, Unfinished CHRISTIAN Hardcover – August 31, 2004
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...this book will make you think. In a time when wee seem to be preaching intolerance in the name of God, McLaren's book is a voice of reason. -- YouthWorker <br><br> (YouthWorker )
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A confession and manifesto from a senior leader in the emerging church movementA Generous Orthodoxy calls for a radical, Christ-centered orthodoxy of faith and practice in a missional, generous spirit. Brian McLaren argues for a post-liberal, post-conservative, post-protestant convergence, which will stimulate lively interest and global conversation among thoughtful Christians from all traditions.
In a sweeping exploration of belief, author Brian McLaren takes us across the landscape of faith, envisioning an orthodoxy that aims for Jesus, is driven by love, and is defined by missional intent. A Generous Orthodoxy rediscovers the mysterious and compelling ways that Jesus can be embraced across the entire Christian horizon. Rather than establishing what is and is not "orthodox," McLaren walks through the many traditions of faith, bringing to the center a way of life that draws us closer to Christ and to each other.
Whether you find yourself inside, outside, or somewhere on the fringe of Christianity, A Generous Orthodoxy draws you toward a way of living that looks beyond the "us/them" paradigm to the blessed and ancient paradox of "we."
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If you're a conservative reader, it will be tempting to proof-text your way through the book while working up a righteous indignation at this "godless liberal masquerading as a Christian". I would say that is counterproductive. Read the book, disagree with what you will, and open your mind and heart to what you might learn from the rest. If God can speak to Balaam through a donkey, he can surely speak to a reader through the words of a "liberal" theologian.
So if McLaren is so brilliant and relevant and Christ-like, why is this book rated only 3.2 stars (currently)? Frankly, it is quite evident that people who do not see the world the way McLaren does are attacking him. In most cases, this is a personal attack and has nothing to do with his ability as a writer or this product in general. And their attacks are not Christ-like. And they are not relevant. And they are rarely brilliant. As I read through some of them, I thought to myself, "Do Emergent Christians gang up on the latest conservative-evangelical author and bombard his or her books with 1-star ratings, simply because they disagree? Actually, I have never seen this. And it's not because Emergent Christians couldn't do this if they wanted to: Emergents and conservative-evangelicals have radically different presuppositions and understandings of the world; they could argue back and forth all day. I would like to think the reason that this type of attacking doesn't go both ways is because Emergent Christians are nicer. I hate to say that; I love conservative-evangelicals and have proudly bore that banner myself. But in honesty, I have to say that many conservatives value "truth" more than people. And McLaren addressed this issue in his book, if only those reviewers had actually read it.
So maybe this book is truly a 4.5-star book, whether you agree with him or not. I'm more than happy to give it five to countervail my captious evangelical brethren.