John Wilson has some interesting thoughts about Brian McLaren’s new book, Everything Must Change. McLaren is particularly misleading when he’s suggesting, as he does quite emphatically at times, that somehow the church went off the rails early on, and that only now are (some) Christians beginning to understand what Jesus...
November has been a rare month for me, in that I’ve just finished my fourth book in 3 weeks. This time around it’s Simple Church by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger. The premise is this, “After hundreds of consultations with local churches and a significant research project, we have concluded...
I’ve been reading a few books lately. I’m a bit ADD, so it helps if I can switch books if I get antsy about the subject matter. I’ve been deep into physics and cosmology and philosophy with Case for a Creator, so I decided to change up and take on the next quarter of Four Views,.
The first chapter was John Hick’s position of pluralism: all “ethical” religions lead to God (air-quotes mine).
Here we are. Ryan has summarized the project pretty well, so I’ll send you there to see his post first (if you’re returning, or started there, read on).
I’ll follow his lead in just a moment to give you a little background into me and my perspective, but I do have some comments about Dawkins preface to the God Delusion. Judging from the preface, much of his argument centers around the premise that Christians believe what they do because they were inculcated as children, and that teaching is so ingrained that they refuse to see the “truth” of his arguments. Unfortunately, none of this applies to me.
You may or may not be familiar with the series by Zondervan in which people from different viewpoints each write a chapter and the others write a response. Though it was difficult at times, I’ve enjoyed reading Four Views on Salvation in a Pluralistic World, and Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches. The format is interesting and fulfilling to see the arguments responded to immediately.
In light of that and the ridiculous discussions I have with my brother-in-law, we’ll be having a counterpoints-style discussion of our own.
So, now that I have some distance from the emotions I experienced while reading Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches, I’m looking back at it and trying to gather some more insight about what it means to me, what it means for the church, and what it says about the postmodern generation. Adam at Pomomusings has a series of posts, reviewing each chapter(parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). I disagree with him in most places, but it’s worth reading.
One of the major implications for the whole postmodern generation is that it may not be all it’s cracked up to be. It seems that there aren’t nearly as many people out there who want a soft, pliable, alterable faith as opposed to a firm, unchanging faith. For example, look at Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill Church and Karen Ward’s Church of the Apostles.