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A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions that are Transforming the Faith [Kindle Edition]

Brian McLaren
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Groundbreaking author Brian McLaren, voice of the Christian emergent movement and author of the 'New Kind of Christian' series, poses ten controversial questions that could lead to a radical redefinition of the Christian faith. What is the overarching storyline of the Bible? What is the Gospel? Why is sexuality such a divisive issue among Christians? How should followers of Jesus relate to people of other religions? McLaren gives his own responses to these questions, inviting the reader to a new and generous way of thinking about Christianity.


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McLaren's A New Kind of Christianity is a stellar accomplishment, a combination of hard tack fact and unfettered hope, an overview in delightful narrative of the long way of our coming to this time and of the multiform ways of our arriving. In every way, a dispatch from the front, it is also a love-letter of sorts - a love letter from an affectionate, but seasoned pastor to those who would dare to believe, worship and serve not only now, but also beyond now, into the roiling, churning decades ahead. (Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence)

Just a few books capture and articulate the imagination, angst, hopes and aspirations of a generation, as Brian did in A New Kind of Christian. Almost ten years later, in A NEW KIND OF CHRISTIANITY, Brian lets us listen in to the key questions and conversations catalysed by his work that have taken place around the world since then. (Jason Clark, Deep Church)

Some books provide us with information about the world, but every once in a while a book appears that enables us to imagine new, more wonderful worlds. The book you hold in your hand is one of these. (Peter Rollins, Ikon)

Brian's writing is brave and honest, vulnerable and courageous, disturbing and unsettling, reassuring and hopeful. Every now and then you come across a book you've been waiting for. A New Kind of Christianity is that book. (Steve Chalke MBE)

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'Brian's writing is brave and honest, vulnerable and courageous, disturbing and unsettling, reassuring and hopeful. Every now and then you come across a book you've been waiting for. A NEW KIND OF CHRISTIANITY is that book.' -- Steve Chalke MBE, Founder of Oasis Global 'McLaren's A NEW KIND OF CHRISTIANITY is in every way, a dispatch from the front, it is also a love-letter of sorts - a love letter from an affectionate, but seasoned pastor to those who would dare to believe, worship and serve not only now, but also beyond now, into the roiling, churning decades ahead.' -- Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence 'I managed to miss train stops twice while reading Brian's book! A sure sign it had me gripped. Brian lays out ten questions that a lot of people are asking about Christianity, on things like the Bible, sexuality, Jesus, the gospel, church and the future, and in his relaxed style probes them in a way that often reframes the question. The most important thing about A NEW KIND OF CHRISTIANITY is that it lays open a space where asking questions and talking about them is a good thing to do, and not something to be afraid of; it's a book that shows that asking questions is often accompanied by passionate faith.' -- Jonny Baker

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 607 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder; Export ed edition (18 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GKMU3K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,264 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I recently went to a conference (Faithworks 360) and heard Brian McLaren talk. While the talk was more concise than the book (obviously) it was just enough to give me a hunger to read more.

I can barely put it down (i'm about halfway through). I don't find reading non-fiction books easy as, with 2 young children, i often only read to go to sleep, yet i've found myself curling up with this book like a good novel. The style of writing is both massively informative and warmly informal, drawing you into a web of hope and challenge.

There are times when it can become a bit 'listy' saying similar things repetitively...but then it is a recognised preaching technique (tell them what you're going to say, say it and say it again) and as i like what he's saying it's not yet got annoying, though i can see how it could do. This same inclination to preach does gloss over huge areas of accademia, but throughout the book this is acknowledged and comprehensive notes at the back give you further scope for reading and exploration.

There's nothing in here, so far, that i haven't felt and explored myself at some time or other. They really are 10 questions i feel compelled to explore and have had niggling at the back of my mind forever...

1. What is the overarching storyline of the Bible?

2. How should the Bible be understood?

3. Is God violent?

4. Who is Jesus and why is he important?

5. What is the Good News?

6. What do we do about the church?

7. Can we find a better way to address the issue of homosexuality?

8. Can we find a better way of viewing the future?

9. How should followers of Jesus relate to people of other religions?

10.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Jeremy Bevan TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Is the Bible meant to be read as a constitution, or is it more like a library ? Is it either heaven or hell for every soul at the Last Judgment, or does something more redemptive await us all ? And do Jesus' words `I am the way, the truth and the life; no-one comes to the Father but by me' really mean adherents of other faiths have got it wrong ? In this brave, honest and engaging book, Brian McLaren seeks to provide responses to these and other key, and often troubling, questions. And while his thinking will lead some to dismiss him as another evangelical turned to the liberal `dark side', there's a passion, an erudition and a thought-provoking use of Scripture that are compelling in what he writes.

McLaren frames his vision of a new Christianity against the backdrop of what he sees as the paradigm that has ensnared it: a way of thinking inherited from the ancient Greeks and Romans that has at its heart a god he calls Theos (the Greek for `god'). For Theos, there are those who are `in' and those who are `out'; a right way of knowing about God (and reading the Bible) and many, equally damnable, wrong ones; and an approach to religion that is anxious to enforce conformity to its dictates as widely as possible. But the author contends this `six-line Greco-Roman narrative' is not only morally unbelievable, it also bears no resemblance to the redemptive and restorative story arc of the God of the Bible, supremely revealed in Jesus, and it's on the foundation of this 'more moral' reading of the Bible that McLaren sets out to construct an alternative.

He writes really well, and has an intriguing approach to Scriptural texts in support of his thesis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential questions for a better way forward 19 Oct. 2013
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I found this book a gripping read, with very useful information in the footnotes. He argues for a more credible and useful approach to the Bible than what he calls the 'constitutional approach' to the Bible (the tendency in evangelical circles to see it as a doctrinal and rule-based book). He shows how throughout history many evangelicals have often been on the wrong side of the argument (e.g. those that argued that slavery was biblical) and that they may well be on the wrong side of current debates around human sexuality. He shows how fundamentalist fascination with the 'end times' is based on a misunderstanding of scripture. He argues for an inclusive faith based on working to establish the Kingdom of God (as proclaimed by Jesus) in the here and now , a mission that is fuelled by the confidence that the Kingdom is based on what is eternal. Within its scope it is brilliant, a book that would indeed transform the faith if only it was read widely and with an open mind. It wonderfully dismantles fundamentalism and challenges the limitations of conservative interpretations of Christianity. Brilliant as it is (and my summary has not done justice to its brilliance), there are a number of limitations of scope that have held me back from giving it five stars. First, Brian says little that liberals have not recognised decades ago (and that I realised a couple of decades ago). The main difference is that Brian avoids getting caught up in issues around the literal nature of miracles etc, exactly what the historical Jesus said, which New Testament letters were genuinely written by Paul etc - the kind of issues that Bishop Spong addresses in books such as 'Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism'. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars freeing
Found this so helpful. I am not alone!
I don't want to put 12 more words how silly is that ?
Published 4 months ago by Janni
4.0 out of 5 stars More good stuff from McLaren
Brian McLaren is helping many of us stand back from our inheritance and ask "what really matters?" This book is part of that gift of his to the church. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richard Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear Thinking - addresses key issues for Western Christianity
Highly recommend this book. It highlights some serious issues the church needs to address if we're to see a major breakthrough in the Western culture emerging in this new... Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. J. Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars a truly game changing book
This book has blown me away! I felt the spirit of God run right through it and into my heart.

I have followed Jesus for 16 years now and was getting fairly stuck in my... Read more
Published 12 months ago by D M Graydon
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh approach
I found this book both reassuring and challenging. Brian McLaren has taken old ideas and given them a fresh look. Read more
Published 18 months ago by MSW
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I read and discussed this book as part of a group and found it full of exciting ideas, which resonated with our thinking and helped articulate and evidence things we'd thought but... Read more
Published 23 months ago by DR RACHEL A FOSTER
5.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow Theology
A well presented analysis of the way Christians have traditionally thought and conducted themselves in comparison with what we as Christians should really think about being like. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Really got me thinking...
McLaren is a much maligned figure in fundamentalist circles but I think his is a genuine prophetic voice calling the Church to positive change. Read more
Published on 8 Dec. 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Right Kind of Christianity for Now
I had heard about Brian McLaren and wondered why he was so popular. Having now read one of his books, I know why. Read more
Published on 7 Dec. 2012 by Ray V
4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what all the fuss is about this book... and not so sure how...
I am part of a theological ale drinking group of clergy that meet on a Sunday night in a pub over a pint or sometimes two of real ale. Read more
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