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A Generous Orthodoxy
Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/Calvinist, Anabaptist/Anglican, Methodist, catholic, green, incarnational, depressed- yet hopeful, emergent, unfinished Christian. A confession and manifesto from a senior leader in the emerging church movement. A Generous Orthodoxycalls 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.” Also available on abridged audio CD, read by the author.
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Reviewed by Billious on 13 December 2008 (Format reviewed: Hardcover
I loved this book - it struck me like a refreshing breeze in my faith. Having been brought up an Evangelical, I had always been led to believe that ours was the "right" expression of Christianity, however in recent years I have started to realise that valuable lessons could be learned from the practices of non-Evangelical denominations and (horror) even liturgical worship.
Brian McLaren presents an argument for gleaning the best from all the different expressions of Christianity, being humble enough to realise that there is more to knowing God than having a scientifically "correct" set of doctrines. McLaren never takes himself too seriously and approaches the subject with good humour and grace. He invites the reader to new ways of understanding, knowing and worshiping God, while never claiming to have all the answers nor straying from the foundational beliefs of Christianity.
Highly recommended - but be prepared to have some holes poked in your rigidity!
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