6 Views on Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christianity
Brian McLaren’s book, A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith, is causing quite the stir on the Net. I’ve collated links to several reviews.
For a detailed, point-by-point, loving, logical, and theological response, I encourage you to visit Mike Wittmer’s site. Mike has posted responses to each of Brian’s ten questions.
*Question 1: What Is the Overarching Story Line of the Bible?
*Question 2: How Should the Bible Be Understood?
*Interlude: The Defining Issue—The Creation/Fall/Redemption Narrative
*Question 3: Is God Violent?
*Question 4: Who Is Jesus and Why Is He Important?
*Question 5, Part 1: What Is the Gospel?
*Question 5, Part 2: What Is the Gospel?
*Question 6: What Do We Do about the Church?
*Question 7: Can We Find a Way to Address Human Sexuality?
*Questions 8-9: Can We Find a Better Way of Viewing the Future? and How Should Followers of Jesus Relate to People of Other Religions?
*Question 10: How Can We Translate Our Quest into Action?
*Christianity and McLarenism, Part 1
*Christianity and McLarenism, Part 2
*Christianity and McLarenism, in PDF.
Christianity Today has posted a review by Scot McKnight, professor at North Park University. McKnight has been relatively sympathetic to some of McLaren’s past writings. However this review states that the book is not so much revolutionary, but evolutionary. You can read it here.
Panel from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
You can view the video of the entire panel discussion here.
My Take (Bob Kellemen)
I’ve posted a multi-part series with a different slant on the book. What are the implications of McLaren’s ten questions for the personal ministry of the Word? Or, put another way, What is a biblical counseling and spiritual formation response to McLaren’s take on the ten questions?
*Introduction: Brian McLaren, I Accept Your Invitation
*Question 1: The Narrative Question
*Question 2: The Authority Question
*Question 3: The God Question
*Question 4: The Jesus Question
*Question 5: The Gospel Question
*Question 6: The Church Question
*Question 7: The Sex Question
*Question 8: The Future Question
*Question 9: The Pluralism Question
*Question 10: The What Now Question
*Conclusion: The Final Word and the Word After That
*Final Recap: Links
*Free Resource # 2: I’ve interacted with some of these issues in another free Word Document. Visit: Just Where Did the Emergent Idea of Salvation Emerge From?
Join the Conversation
What are your thoughts on McLaren’s book, Challies’ review, Wittmer’s reviews, McKnight’s review, the SBTS review, and my series?