A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Feb 9, 2010 - Religion - 336 pages
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"Wherever the willingness to rethink has been squelched, wherever that sense of quest has been buried under convention and complacency, the Christian faith in all its forms is in trouble. But even there, something is trying to be born. Even now, right here, among us, inside you, inside me. You may feel it as a curiosity, a desire for better answers than you inherited so far. You may experience it as frustration, knowing that there must be more to faith than you currently know. You may know it as hope, hope that God is seeking humble people whose hearts and lives can be the womb of a better future. . . . In you, your family, your faith community, and circles of friends, among people of peace and faith everywhere, something is trying to be born."
—from A New Kind of Christianity

We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in the church. Not since the Reformation five centuries ago have so many Christians come together to ask whether the church is in sync with their deepest beliefs and commitments. These believers range from evangelicals to mainline Protestants to Catholics, and the person who best represents them is author and pastor Brian McLaren.

In this much anticipated book, McLaren examines ten questions facing today's church—questions about how to articulate the faith itself, the nature of its authority, who God is, whether we have to understand Jesus through only an ancient Greco-Roman lens, what exactly the good news is that the gospel proclaims, how we understand the church and all its varieties, why we are so preoccupied with sex, how we should think of the future and people from other faiths, and the most intimidating question of all: what do we do next? Here you will find a provocative and enticing introduction to the Christian faith of tomorrow.

  

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Sensitive, Clear, and Important

User Review  - Jacksatonement - Christianbook.com

This is a very lucid, sensitive, and remarkably thoughtful attempt to put into words the reform that many feel is needed in the depths of their hearts. It is not to be expected that one will agree ... Read full review

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User Review  - James Bunyan - Goodreads

So, so bad. For so many reasons. 1. Most of the argument is based on "facts" he's made up, like the "Greco-Roman" storyline or the "constitutional reading of the Bible." It's embarrassing to read ... Read full review

Contents

The Quest and the Questions
14
A Prayer on the Beach
24
BOOK
31
Setting the Stage for the Biblical Narrative
46
The Biblical Narrative in Three Dimensions
55
The Authority Question
67
From Legal Constitution to Community Library
78
Revelation Through Conversation
87
The Gospel Question
137
Jesus and the Kingdom of God
147
BOOK
159
The Sex Question
173
The Future Question
191
How Should Followers of Jesus Relate
207
How Can We Translate Our Quest into Action?
225
Living the Questions in Community
242

The God Question
98
From a Violent Tribal God to a Christlike God
108
The Jesus Question
119
Jesus Outside the Lines
127
A New Kind of Christianity
252
Notes
261
Index
299
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About the author (2010)

Brian D. McLaren, hailed as one of America's 25 most influential evangelicals by Time magazine, is a speaker, social justice activist, pastor, and the author of A New Kind of Christianity, A Generous Orthodoxy, A New Kind of Christian, and The Secret Message of Jesus. McLaren has appeared on Nightline and Larry King Live, and his work has been covered in The Washington Post, the New York Times, Christianity Today, and many other publications. McLaren and his wife, Grace, live in Florida and have four adult children.

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