A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith
"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."
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 ImportantUser 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
Faith diluted by cultureUser Review - Plesion - Christianbook.com
I know this is marketed as a "Christian book," but despite that, and despite the title, it departs from the Bible so far as to make me think the author is trying to design a new religion based on ... Read full review
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