I finally got round to ordering a copy of this book today.
I have found McLaren’s remarkable writing transformative to my own understanding of faith for a number of years. I very much appreciate his willingness to be radical and controversial in his theological thinking, whilst remaining humble and graceful in his response to the tirade of abuse he has been subjected to.
However, I have found myself avoiding this book. Perhaps because I wonder if he is really saying anything new- all the reviews seem to suggest that it is a gathering together of ideas he has been developing in his previous writing. As I read the ’10 questions that are transforming the faith’ I suspect I know what his answers will be, more or less.
To be honest, the hype around the release of the book repelled me a little too…
But then again- perhaps this shows just how much the theological landscape has shifted over the past 10 years. Questions that would once have been as welcome as a trump in a spacesuit are now increasingly part of a the popularist mainstream.
Does this mean that we are seeing the development of a new kind of Christianity?
I am not sure. I hope so though.
In the meantime- I am going to read the book…
By the way- you can watch 10 videos and download study material for group discussions around the themes raised in the book from The Ooze.
Here is a taster- on that difficult questions of relationships with other faiths…