Below is an article about Brian McLauren’s new book “A New Kind of Christianity”
I must admit that I have been a skeptic of McLauren’s since he began gaining popularity. I am always leery of anyone who describes a Christianity with too much cultural relevancy. On the other hand, I must also admit that I am incredibly intrigued by this book. It begs questions I have wrestled with since I began seminary. Could we actually create an Evangelicalism that is not politically motivated, close-minded, exclusivist, self-righteous, etc., etc. etc. (you can tell I’ve struggled with this for awhile)?
I wonder if we can actually embody a faith in Jesus Christ as God Incarnate without damning people in the process? Can we create a notion of faith that seeks salvation in a holistic fashion (body, mind, soul, and circumstance)? Can we be a people of God who tries to expand our communities rather than seeking to define more bluntly the borders of our communities?
I am both encouraged and inspired by the possibilities of this book. I am encouraged that a name like McLauren being attached to a new brand of evangelicalism will give this movement of evangelical culture a mainline presence. I am inspired that the work many are doing to blend the current poles of Christianity into a Jesus-centered, justice-seeking, and culturally defining faith seems to be gaining traction. Hopefully the day will come when the Religious Right has no voice. And on that day maybe, just maybe, those who see faith a matter of separation and exclusion instead of inclusion and transformation will no longer have a say in what the Gospel of Jesus Christ means for the world. At least that’s my hope…