A Generous Orthodoxy: By celebrating strengths of many traditions in the church (and beyond), this book will seek to communicate a

A Generous Orthodoxy: By celebrating strengths of many traditions in the church (and beyond), this book will seek to communicate a "generous orthodoxy."

by Brian D. McLaren
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A Generous Orthodoxy: By celebrating strengths of many traditions in the church (and beyond), this book will seek to communicate a "generous orthodoxy." by Brian D. McLaren

A confession and manifesto from a senior leader in the emerging church movement. A Generous Orthodoxy calls 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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310565796
Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Publication date: 05/18/2009
Series: emergentYS
Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 548,293
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Brian D. McLaren (MA, University of Maryland) is an author, speaker, activist and public theologian. After teaching college English, Brian pastored Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area. Brain has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors for over 20 years. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the US and internationally.

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A Generous Orthodoxy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
RobertBeezat More than 1 year ago
Thoughtful and thought-provoking. I had never heard of emerging christianity until I read Phyllis Tickle's book. Her book led me this book. I found it to be very readable. The author has a good/appropriate sense of humor toward himself and his subject. He is knowledgeable. I learned a lot. He recommends other books to read and websites to investigate. Well worth the time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brian pushed buttons that I thought I had hidden well! This book made me think about my own upbringing, where I am now in my walk, and where I may be heading. A small group in my community will be reading this book together. I can't wait for the conversation.
Smooth59 More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting book as Brian takes a look at all the Christian faiths he has had contact with and what each one's best quality and contribution is to Christianity. He talks about how nice it would be if all the faiths put their best strength together with the other ones to be a more potent affect on humanity and the world. What is sad to him is the Christian faiths spend their time on cutting each other down and causing more division and putting Christians in a light of kids in a sand box not wanting to share toys or space with one another. This is not a liberal or conservative book but an open minded book about one man's view of Christian faith.
MargoH More than 1 year ago
To many readers, this book will probably be regarded as revolutionary and for some, as bordering on heresy. The author critiques several different Christian denominations and some non-Christian religions, and points out what he sees as weaknesses of each. But he notes positive characteristics in most cases, some of which he embraces as part of his notion of a “generous orthodoxy” for Christians striving to make the “Kingdom of God” come in this world. McLaren shows the least regard for conservative Evangelical Christians, characterizing them as exclusivist, judgmental, condemning, and even hateful toward anyone belonging to other religious groups, especially “liberal” Christian denominations, certain ethnic groups, and Democrats. In short, the author holds up conservative Evangelicals to illustrate what “generous orthodoxy” is NOT. McLaren recognizes and honors both parts of God’s law summarized by Jesus in Matthew 22, i.e., (a) Love God, and (b) Love your neighbor. It seems to me, as someone one who has spent the last several decades in that environment, that while conservative Christians seem to value strongly the first part about loving God, they generally drop the ball on the second “love-your-neighbor” part, remaining largely unconcerned about the needs of those “outside the fold:” the unbelieving poor, lonely, oppressed, hungry, hurting, struggling. Because conservative Christians emphasize the afterlife, they pour whatever energies they have into saving souls from an eternity in Hell, and are relatively unconcerned about the material well-being of people, especially “unbelievers” in the world here and now. Conservative Christians are also commonly soft on environmental issues. “God will destroy the earth soon anyhow, so why expend any effort to protect the environment?” they ask. The author’s “generous orthodoxy” emerges primarily from the teachings of Jesus found in the four Gospels. And indeed, Jesus had much to say about how people should behave, how they should treat their neighbors, how they should relate to authorities, etc. Much of Jesus’ life on earth was spent healing the sick and hurting, feeding the hungry, etc. McLaren charges that even though conservative Evangelicals refer to Jesus as both Savior and Lord/Master, they do in fact honor Jesus for His role as Savior (from eternal damnation), but have lost thinking of Jesus in his Lord/Master role. Instead they have promote the Apostle Paul to the Teacher/Master role, who in his letters focuses almost exclusively on Jesus’ Savior-role by His sacrificial death on the cross to pay for our sins, while occasionally offering guidance on how Christian churches ought to be run and how Christians should treat each other. One of the positions that the author takes is that “generous orthodoxy” (right thinking) changes (“emerges”) as the culture changes. McLaren readily cites Scripture that supports his points, but he ignores the many Scriptural references that Evangelical churches cite to support their “non-generous” doctrinal beliefs: God’s wrath and judgment, the reality of Hell, Jesus death paying for the sins of those who “accept Christ,” etc. It strikes me that if conservative Christians were simply to become more “generous” by being more faithful to Jesus’ teachings in the gospels about ministering to the needy in this world as McLaren, they would actually be much more faithful to the whole of Scripture than McLaren is. I strongly recommend this book to
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