A Generous Or+hodoxy


Occasionally I will use this opportunity to review some of my recent reading and give pointers to some of the writing that is informing my thinking at any particular time, how my book grant is being spent and to give hints about the sort of books you might like to explore so as to inform your own faith.

Brian McLaren’s, A Generous Or+hodoxy; Why I am a missional + evangelical + post/protestant + liberal/conservative + mystical/poetical+ biblical + charismatic/contemplative + fundamentalist/calvinist + anabaptist /anglican + methodist + catholic + green + incarnational + depressed-yet-hopeful + emergent + unfinished Christian has been on my to read list since I read his  New Kind of Christian trilogy last summer and heard him speak at Greenbelt. This book does not disappoint.

In all his writing and speaking McLaren tries to make a sense of what it is to be a Christian in the 21st Century when the idea of Absolute Truth is so alien to the way so many of us think. As the title suggests he want’s to present an orthodox faith that is generous to the many traditions that follow the way of Jesus, he concentrates on the good that he has been able to draw from each traditions whilst occasionally being critical of the more extreme (or less generous) attributes of those same traditions. In early chapters he explores the different ways that Jesus is understood by our different traditions, the way in which he understands God through Jesus and what it means to give more emphasis to Jesus as a saviour for this world rather than the one who keeps us out of hell.

There will be much that you may find uncomfortable in this book for it will encourage you to explore what is fundamental in your own faith and how generous you can be to people from a different faith tradition (whether Christian or not). However,  if you are someone who hesitates about signing up to one particular doctrinal statement of faith, then you will see that you are not alone for McLaren wants us to be aware of the always unfinished nature of any faith journey as we stumble towards a generous orthodoxy.