Have you ever read a book that you felt like you could’ve written because you relate to it so well? Have you ever read a book that as you read you felt like saying “Amen” on every page? Have you ever read a book that left you feeling like the author could be your twin because you agreed with him or her so much? Well this is not that book.
Every time I read a new book by Brian McLaren I cheer for joy and shake my head all at the same time. I cheer for joy because I know that McLaren is going to address subjects that need to be addressed and ask questions that need to be asked. I shake my head because, in my experience so far, McLaren’s answers to the questions he raises are usually too extreme. And both of these things are even more true with his new book, A New Kind of Christianity.
In A New Kind of Christianity, after an introduction, McLaren asks 10 questions, tells how he thinks Western Christianity has answered each question, and then proposes a new answer for each question. So, rather than try to fit all of that in one book review, I will address each question in a post of its own, discussing McLaren’s newly proposed answer and then what I think would be a better answer in each case. I look forward to having a discussion with McLaren’s book, and also to whatever conversation we end up having in the comments.