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Brian McLaren’s ground-breaking book breathes modern spirituality into life through engaging narrative and natural conversation. In reading this bench-mark book, readers will discover an authentic journey towards building a real, authentic faith in our postmodern world.
Half autobiography, half Christian literature, ‘A New Kind of Christian’ was written when Brian was on the verge of quitting his church leadership role and turning his back on Christianity – a feeling most of have once (or twice) in our lives. He began to doubt that any of us Christians are actually Christians, and wanted to open up the floodgates and help like-minded Christians to enter into an important discussion: what makes a good Christian in our new world?
“You see, if we have a new world, we will need a new church. We won’t need a new religion per se, but a new framework for our theology. Not a new Spirit, but a new spirituality. Not a new Christ, but a new Christian. Not a new denomination, but a new kind of church in every denomination.” – taken from ‘The Church on the Other Side’, by Brian McLaren.
‘A New Kind of Christian’ is a creative narrative about two fictional characters who go on a spiritual adventure – Pastor Dan Poole and his daughter’s high school science teacher, Neil Oliver. Together they reflect on faith, doubt and spiritual practise in our new world.
These pages offer spiritual renewal for the confused, the frustrated and the curious. Just because we live in the twenty-first century doesn’t mind Christianity is over! Brian McLaren invites you to become a new kind of Christian.
Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, pastor and networker among Christian leaders, thinkers and activists. His ground-breaking books include ‘A Generous Orthodoxy’, ‘The Secret Message of Jesus’, ‘A New Kind of Christianity’ and ‘Naked Spirituality’. For 24 years, he served as the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Washington-Baltimore area. He has been named by Time magazine as one of America’s 25 most influential Evangelicals.
A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren was published by SPCK in January 2013 and is our 38049th best seller. The ISBN for A New Kind of Christian is 9780281069903.
In the last five years, Brian McLaren has assumed a leadership role within a segment of Evangelical Christianity. His influence has spread so wide that TIME magazine recently named him one of the ‘25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America.’ McLaren's book, A New Kind of Christian, is written as a semi-fictional dialogue, so that the reader can feel part of the discussion and question old truths and discover new truth in the process. The introduction flaunts the post-modern worldview while raising doubts about Biblical faith :
‘I realize, as I read and reread the Bible, that many passages don't fit any of the theological systems I have inherited or adapted. Sure, they can be squeezed in, but after a while my theology looks like a high school class trip's luggage - shoestrings hanging out here, zippers splitting apart there.... ‘
This is one of those books that readers will either thoroughly love or passionately hate! It questions assumptions that have been held by the church for decades and will help many to bring a new spark of faith to those who are concerned about the malaise in many churches. We believe passionately in Jesus, the inerrancy of scripture and are trying hard to walk in step with the Spirit. However, for many there is a growing sense that something isn't quite right. It is not about style, relevance or anything as temporary as that, but the inherent nature of our Christian faith and how this is worked out in Christian community.
Now Includes a Readers Guide
Introduction: The True Story Behind This Story
1. Sometime the Peacock Wish to Be the Seagull
2. Entering That Awkward Age, or Does Jonah Eat Bagels?
3. Dan Discovers Where the Cross Meets the Dream Catcher
4. What a Difference a Worldview Makes
5. Neo Worries About Keeping Up with Jesus
6. How Words About Biblical Interpretation
7. Letting the Bible Read Us
8. Yeah, But What About the Other Guys?
9. Redeeming Our Culture over Dinner
10. C.S. Lewis in the Pulpit, or What Is Heaven About Anyway?
11. Getting Beyond Righteousness
12. French Fries and the Kingdom of God
13. Spiritual Practices: Secret and Shared
14. It’s None of Your Business Who Goes to Hell
15. Beginning the Journey into Terra Nova
16. Notes on Church Leadership from One Certified Nobody to Another
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“A New Kind of Christian is a landmark in twenty-first century Christianity. This book has and will continue to provoke conversation, debate, even conversion. McLaren charts a new course for the faith. In short, he is a prophet, and this is a prophetic text.” – Tony Jones, author of ‘The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier’.
|Author / Artist||Brian McLaren|
|Publisher||SPCK (January 2013)|
|Number of Pages||224|
|Page last updated||7th April 2018|