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Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World

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When four religious leaders walk across the road, it's not the beginning of a joke. It's the start of one of the most important conversations in today's world. Can you be a committed Christian without having to condemn or convert people of other faiths? Is it possible to affirm other religious traditions without watering down your own? In his most important book yet, widely acclaimed author and speaker Brian McLaren proposes a new faith alternative, one built on benevolence and solidarity rather than rivalry and hostility. This way of being Christian is strong but doesn't strong-arm anyone, going beyond mere tolerance to vigorous hospitality toward, interest in, and collaboration with the other. Blending history, narrative, and brilliant insight, McLaren shows readers step-by-step how to reclaim this strong-benvolent faith, challenging us to stop creating barriers in the name of God and learn how affirming other religions can strengthen our commitment to our own. And in doing so, he invites Christians to become more Christ-like than ever before.

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"McLaren (Naked Spirituality) argues that Christians can respect other faiths while not diluting their own Christianity. He calls this 'strong benevolence,' a way of remaining firmly Christian while honoring other religious — and nonreligious — traditions. The goal is communication, not conversion, and relationship, not repression. Using stories from his life and what he has gleaned, sometimes creatively, from theologians, McLaren focuses on ways Christians can reconfigure concepts such as Christology and the Trinity to build a robust emergent Christian faith that repudiates violence, coercion, and domination. Although he claims to reject a sugary Coke commercial version of interfaith 'harmony,' McLaren's utopian vision, however, might strike even his followers as overly sanguine in its downplaying of the problem of evil. Further, some of his personal anecdotes read more like Save the Children infomercials than slices of real life. Ultimately, McLaren remains worth reading, lively and passionate at translating progressive theology into a popular idiom. Agent: Kathy Helmers, Creative Trust. (Sept. 11)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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9781455513963
Author:
Mclaren, Brian D
Publisher:
Jericho Books
Author:
McLaren, Brian D.
Subject:
Christianity-Social Issues
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Religion Comparative-General
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "McLaren (Naked Spirituality) argues that Christians can respect other faiths while not diluting their own Christianity. He calls this 'strong benevolence,' a way of remaining firmly Christian while honoring other religious — and nonreligious — traditions. The goal is communication, not conversion, and relationship, not repression. Using stories from his life and what he has gleaned, sometimes creatively, from theologians, McLaren focuses on ways Christians can reconfigure concepts such as Christology and the Trinity to build a robust emergent Christian faith that repudiates violence, coercion, and domination. Although he claims to reject a sugary Coke commercial version of interfaith 'harmony,' McLaren's utopian vision, however, might strike even his followers as overly sanguine in its downplaying of the problem of evil. Further, some of his personal anecdotes read more like Save the Children infomercials than slices of real life. Ultimately, McLaren remains worth reading, lively and passionate at translating progressive theology into a popular idiom. Agent: Kathy Helmers, Creative Trust. (Sept. 11)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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