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Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World Hardcover – September 11, 2012
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"...Important and extraordinarily timely...a soothing balm for the searing pain of our times..."―Huffington Post
"Provocative...Even those who don't agree will be bettered by engaging its ideas."―Relevant Magazine
"This is a major work in every sense of the word--so major, in fact, that it would be impossible to exaggerate either its importance or its worth to the current conversation about religion and religions."―Phyllis Tickle, Lecturer on Religion in America and Author of Emergence Christianity: What it Is, Where it is Going, and Why it Matters
"Helpful, timely, and really, really inspiring."―Rob Bell, author of Love Wins
"This is a book to cherish, to read over and over, a book that sheds light and warmth on one of the most difficult questions of our era."―Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core, Author of Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground
"McLaren offers a renewed and renewing vision of Christianity that will challenge every reader to go deeper into its core Truth and find radical urgency to befriend all God's children. If you are not afraid of having your viewpoint, identity, and complacency challenged - read this, for Love itself is to be found here!"―Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church
"With wisdom and wit, Brian McLaren courageously explores the contours of his Christian faith in light of his experiences with people from other religious communities. His questions and insights are important contributions to the unfolding interfaith discussion in the United States and beyond."―Rabbi Or N. Rose, Director, The Center for Global Judaism, Hebrew College
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Given the ongoing series of violent incidents around the world that are fueled by violence, I can also argue that this book is an important contribution to interfaith peacemaking. As a journalist who has specialized in covering religion around the world for several decades now, I can affirm how important McLaren's insights are to any possibility of ending this seemingly endless cycle of conflict.
But the primary audience for this book by one of America's most important Christian writers is quite simply: Christians. In 300 very practical and provocative pages, the overall message is: Interfaith peace begins at home. Brian is not presuming to instruct other faith leaders how to rethink their approaches to the world, although there is obvious wise advice for Christians here that is widely applicable to other religious groups.Read more ›
The question I often ask myself about religion is simple: What needs to stay and what needs to go? Jesus might have asked, "What's the wheat in religion and what's the chaff that needs to burn away?" (See Matt 3) Brian's book has helped me discern an answer to that question.
Peace journalist Bob Koehler and I interviewed Brian about the book last week on our podcast Voices of Peace. At the end of the show, I asked him about the title of his book. "So, Brian, why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Muhammad cross the road?" Brian responded, "To get to the other."
Of course, one can get to the "other" to do harm or to do good. But the point of Brian's book is that Christians need to have a strong identity based on the love of Christ. Christ loved the "other." He loved people as they were and for who they were.
For Christians, that's the point of our religious identity in the post 9/11 world. Some bloggers are suggesting that Brian is somehow watering down Christ. That Christ would help people, sure, but Christ would also demand that they worship him, or he'd send them to hell. That's not the Christ I see in the Bible. Brian has helped me see that Christ had no superiority complex. He didn't get into a rivalry with people by demanding that they worship him; rather, he did things like wash 1st century filthy, nasty, sandal-wearing Mediterranean feet! Jesus came to serve, not to be served!Read more ›
Before referring to mimetic theory by name, McLaren frames the question of interfaith relations as a question of identity. Christians seem to be quite good, he says, at having strong identities that are hostile towards other religions, or weak identities that are kind and benevolent. Though left implicit, he is clearly referring to the ubiquitous use of scapegoating to create false differences (strong and hostile) or its inversion into political correctness (weak and kind). His book is an argument for a third alternative: Christian identity that is both strong and hospitable toward other beliefs.Read more ›
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I wish that the current politicians could read this book and take it to heart.Published 2 days ago by Daisy
Excellent book for our time when there is so much hatred for people of other faiths. Mr McLaren shows how we can connect with other faiths without diluting our own faith. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dolores Middleton
This is not what I expected. That's not to say it's not a good book, it's just different than the title led me to believe what it would be. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cathryn Conroy
I was hoping for something more philosophical between the three most influential men. I lost interest about half way through since it was mostly the authors random thoughts. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cheri
It gives a balanced and meaningful analysis of the major religious thought.Published 4 months ago by Rod