Monday, September 11, 2006
The Washington Post on Brian McLaren
Yesterday's Washington Post included an article on Emergent leader Brian McLaren: "Evangelical Author Puts Progressive Spin On Traditional Faith." Here is an excerpt:

McLaren has emerged as one of the most prominent voices in an increasingly active group of progressive evangelicals who are challenging the theological orthodoxy and political dominance of the religious right. He also is an intellectual guru of "emerging church," a grass-roots movement among young evangelicals exploring new models of living out their Christian faith.

Progressives, who range from 11 to 36 percent of all evangelicals, according to various polls, are still overshadowed by the Christian right among evangelicals. But the steady popularity of McLaren's books over the past eight years signals an expanding diversity of thought in this important political constituency.

McLaren, 50, offers an evangelical vision that emphasizes tolerance and social justice. He contends that people can follow Jesus's way without becoming Christian. In the latest of his eight books, "The Secret Message of Jesus," which has sold 55,000 copies since its April release, he argues that Christians should be more concerned about creating a just "Kingdom of God" on earth than about getting into heaven.

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3 Comments:
At 9:40 AM, Blogger Stephen Newell said...

McLaren and "evangelical" in the same sentence....*shudder*

 
At 6:44 PM, Anonymous Pat McGee said...

McLaren is saying a non-Christian can act as a Christian, be motivated to do right as a Christian without having the indwelling on the Holy Spirit. I would call that heresy.

 
At 12:01 PM, Blogger Joe Tolin said...

McLaren probably should be more concerned with creating a just "Kingdom of God" on earth because he is right. He need not worry about getting to Heaven because he probably will not make it.

 

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