Everything Must Change
Acclaimed author and Emergent church leader Brian McLaren states, "More and more Christian leaders are beginning to realize that for the millions of young adults who have recently dropped out of church, Christianity is a failed religion. Why? Because it has special...more
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My own path of church attendance and denominational affiliation boils down to what my parents chose for those first 17 years of my life. We started out as Independent Fundamental Baptists then gradual...more
For det første, har jeg læst mange bøger sideløbende, for det andet har det været en småirriterende bog.
McLaren bruger de første kapitler på at undskylde, at han er så provokerende - hvilket han overhovedet ikke er på mig. Derefter kommer han med nogle forklaringer på hvordan forskellige systemer i samfundet fungerer, og hvordan de bør ændres. Selvom jeg ikke helt udholdt at sætte mi...more
With this book, I completely disagree with almost everything he says. This is dangerous stuff and it is nothing but Liberal Christianity remade for today.
First, all of his arguments make plent of sense if you don't believe the Bible. His arguments are humanistic and horizontal as opposed to the Godly vertical message in the Bible.
Second, McLaren seems to hate Western...more
McLaren's book is a methodical look at what must change and how it could change starting with people of faith if we all make a choice:
A choice to stop b...more
Having said that my minister invited him to preach at our church when he launched this book, which means he considers him non heretical and this is a very...more
He has presented a...more
Hmmm. I think I liked the overall idea of the book, at least in the way that it was framed, with the concept that our society is made up of three interlocking systems that are there to fulfill legitimate and important desires: the prosperity system, the security system, and the equity system. However, these systems ha...more
An earnest invitation to unlearn what we have learned (to paraphrase Yoda) regarding the message of Jesus, and how, in so doing, we might fundamentally change the world. For anyone who's been turned off by fear and condemnation perpetuated by the Church, McClaren refocuses on what the revolutionary teaching of Jesus really means and how it is perhaps more relevant today than ever. If you've lost hope or faith (or maybe never found them in the f...more
Some people seem to this thing book is pretty radical, but it seemed pretty balanced. It's a call to make a difference in the world by paying attention to the whole person rather than just worrying about their "soul". I found the section on the suicide system a nice start, but somewhat superficial and I didn't find how to attack structural issues very satisfying. Nevertheless it is a great counterbalance to the come disfunction in evangelical Christianity today. I found like multiple issues of c...more
The biggest problem, however, was that it was boring. At one point he references Shane Claiborne. I wish I could read this book...more
McLaren does an interesting comparison between the conventional church and the emerging church early on. In asking why Jesus was important, he writes of th...more
1) Style- The writing oscillates between a collection of well-researched statistics lined up to prove a point and the last p...more
I started reading because I was curious about the author's views and what he thinks Jesus would say about our current situation. What I've found is that I really don't agree with him much at all. He seems to be taking a very wide view on things, when my impression of Je...more
This is a great book if you think Jesus was cool but Christians are dorky.
Strengths of the book: Provides historical context for Jesus' interactions, addresses the 'kingdom of god', nicely articulated list of current...more
Many Christians will disagree with McLaren, but I find in him an authentic faith....more
He talks about 4 crisises that the world faces tha...more