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A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian D. McLaren
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Read from January 31 to February 01, 2012

I want to give fair warning that I read an abridged version in case the full version would have cleared this up. This book may be uneasy, which is a good thing in the sense that it made me examine the assumptions in which my life and faith are based. The author's gentle and persistent urging to approach our convictions with humility, most especially in matters we hold as Truth, is something the Holy Spirit has been impressing upon me also.

Still, I tend to hold the uneasiness that one of his friends warned him of in the book that the author is undermining the Bible's authority in the name of being supposedly open-minded. He comes very close to saying that he looks for other ways to interpret Bible passages where God comes across in a way that is uncomfortable to him, and this, according to Knowing God, is idolatry – fashioning the God we want in our own image instead of humble ourselves before the timeless One we have.
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Brian D. McLaren
“Accumulating orthodoxy makes it harder year-by-year to be a Christian than it was in Jesus' day.”
Brian D. McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/calvinist, anabaptist/anglican, methodist, catholic, green, incarnational, depressed-ye...

Brian D. McLaren
“The Church has little idea how unorthodox it is at any given moment. If a church can't yet be perfectly orthodox, it can, with the Holy Spirit's help and by the grace of God, be perpetually reformable.”
Brian D. McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/calvinist, anabaptist/anglican, methodist, catholic, green, incarnational, depressed-ye...

Brian D. McLaren
“We must never underestimate our power to be wrong when talking about God, when thinking about God, when imagining God, whether in prose or in poetry. A generous orthodoxy, in contrast to the tense, narrow, or controlling orthodoxies of so much of Christian history, doesn't take itself too seriously. It is humble. It doesn't claim too much. It admits it walks with a limp.”
Brian D. McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/calvinist, anabaptist/anglican, methodist, catholic, green, incarnational, depressed-ye...


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