A Generous Orthodoxy: By celebrating strengths of many traditions in the church (and beyond), this book will seek to communicate a “generous orthodoxy.”

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Zondervan, May 18, 2009 - Religion - 352 pages
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A confession and manifesto from a senior leader in the emerging church movement. A Generous Orthodoxy calls for a radical, Christ-centered orthodoxy of faith and practice in a missional, generous spirit. Brian McLaren argues for a post-liberal, post-conservative, post-protestant convergence, which will stimulate lively interest and global conversation among thoughtful Christians from all traditions.In a sweeping exploration of belief, author Brian McLaren takes us across the landscape of faith, envisioning an orthodoxy that aims for Jesus, is driven by love, and is defined by missional intent. A Generous Orthodoxy rediscovers the mysterious and compelling ways that Jesus can be embraced across the entire Christian horizon. Rather than establishing what is and is not “orthodox,” McLaren walks through the many traditions of faith, bringing to the center a way of life that draws us closer to Christ and to each other. Whether you find yourself inside, outside, or somewhere on the fringe of Christianity, A Generous Orthodoxy draws you toward a way of living that looks beyond the “us/them” paradigm to the blessed and ancient paradox of “we.”
 

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To talk about someone clearly less important than Jesus, I’ve heard Christians before talk about Bob Dylan—‘serve somebody’—but it’s always, before, been in this very dishonest way. That is, they ... Read full review

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In this classic of the Emergent Church pantheon, Brian McLaren presents his famous analysis of the Seven figures of Jesus which he has known: Conservative/Protestant, Pentecostal/Charismatic, Roman ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Phyllis Tickle
9
Foreword by John R Franke
13
Introduction
19
A Generous Refund
31
WHY I AM A CHRISTIAN
47
The Seven Jesuses I Have Known
49
Jesus and God B
77
Would Jesus Be a Christian?
87
Why I Am MysticalPoetic
161
Why I Am Biblical
177
Why I Am CharismaticContemplative
193
Why I Am FundamentalistCalvinist
205
Why I Am AnabaptistAnglican
223
Why I Am Methodist
241
Why I Am catholic
249
Why I Am Green
261

Savior of What?
99
THE KIND OF CHRISTIAN I
113
Why I Am Missional
115
Why I Am evangelical
127
Why I Am PostProtestant
135
Why I Am LiberalConservative
145
Why I Am Incarnational
277
Why I Am DepressedYetHopeful
303
Why I Am Emergent
313
Why I Am Unfinished
329
Epilogue
341
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Brian D. McLaren (MA, University of Maryland) is an author, speaker, activist and public theologian. After teaching college English, Brian pastored Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area. Brain has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors for over 20 years. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the US and internationally.

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