A New Kind of Christian

A New Kind of Christian

A Tale of Two Friends on A Spiritual Journey

Book - 2001
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A New Kind of Christian 's conversation between a pastor and his daughter's high school science teacher reveals that wisdom for life's most pressing spiritual questions can come from the most unlikely sources. This stirring fable captures a new spirit of Christianity--where personal, daily interaction with God is more important than institutional church structures, where faith is more about a way of life than a system of belief, where being authentically good is more important than being doctrinally "right," and where one's direction is more important than one's present location. Brian McLaren's delightful account offers a wise and wondrous approach for revitalizing Christian spiritual life and Christian congregations.

If you are interested in joining a discussion group devoted to a A New Kind of Christian please visit groups.yahoo.com/group/NKOC .

Publisher: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, c2001.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780787955991
Branch Call Number: 248.4 McL
Characteristics: xviii, 173 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.


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Jul 30, 2011

The author has a list of problems he has with what he calls "modernist" Christianity, among them things like consumerism, a lack of authenticity, radical individualism, among other things. His solution? We need to embrace postmodernism in our Christianity if we are to address these concerns and remain relevant in a culture that is moving in that direction anyways. What the reader must understand, however, is that such a move is much, much more than a simple repudiation of the excesses of modernism. It is a denial also of premodernist and ancient thinking, namely, that Christianity gives us the truth about the world and we can know it. His embrace of postmodernism cuts the very legs out from under Christianity, so that like it or not, religious pluralism is the necessary outcome. The author doesn't explicitly deny that we can have knowledge about the world, and he doesn't explicity endorse pluralism, but I think he implicitly does both if you read the book with these things in mind.

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