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Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian… (udgave 2012)

af Brian D. McLaren

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"Brian McLaren, one of the established leaders of the emerging church movement, invites interfaith dialogue, suggesting tolerance and respect between religions"--Provided by the publisher.
Medlem:JTracy
Titel:Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
Forfattere:Brian D. McLaren
Info:Jericho Books (2012), Hardcover, 288 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Skal læses
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Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World af Brian D. McLaren

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Reading this book was super helpful on my journey to better understand and interact with other than my own cultures, religions, and groups in general.

McLaren makes excellent points about how we can interact with each other (any other) without acting from a place of religious or faith-based supremacy. His experiences and suggestions not only hit home, but I also learned a lot about history and religion (including my own) from perspectives I had never contemplated before. ( )
  readalicious | Jan 7, 2021 |
This is a book about finding, creating, and inhabiting, "gracious space". [22]

Part I identifies Christian identity, and preaches recovery from CRIS (Conflicted Religious Identity Syndrome). The world is so constituted, so diverse, that our choice is not between kindness and hostility, but between kindness and nonexistence.

McLaren echoes the invitation of William Stacy Johnson with the quote: "It is an infinity that claims us and will not let go in its call to move us beyond the constraints of our selfhood, beyond the limitations of our versions of reality and truth and toward the Other, the God in whom we live and move and have our Being." [19, note 12] He makes way, with Phyllis Tickle and Paul Knitter, for another "axial shift in the history of religions", forging a "community of communities", guided by a genuine, Christ-like, model of benevolence toward other faiths. He takes to heart the 1972 warning of Dean Kelley about the "growth" of fanatic faith groups. [35-38] {Kelley accurately predicted the motivations of the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City, the Twin Tower attack on 9/11, and the shooting of nine African Americans in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, 2015.}

McLaren writes about re-forming religious identity, by creating space for people to "consider the unsettling proposal" that gentleness can be the greatest power. [45] In a chapter about group psychology, he quotes Jonathan Haidt: "The key to understanding tribal behavior is not money, it's sacredness" because a group will circle around a revered object, neglecting personal profit and money. [59] Who "I am" is embedded in "who we are", often united by a shared hostility to "the other". We use oppositions as a short-cut to building our identity. McLaren illustrates this reformation with history, examples in the creeds of consumerism, the daily indoctrination by corporate media. [65ff] He clearly exposes the real dangers of privatized consumerism, while also arguing that the antidote to bad religion is not no religion, but a strong and benevolent one. [67] Confronted by a "religion industry" relying upon oppositional identity today, he argues for building a grassroots movement with a strong and benevolent identity giving new direction to our history.

Our author concludes Part I with two short chapters drawn from the actual history of faux Christians--how Constantine prepared Columbus, and today's headlines. We are walked through the great debate about slavery and souls between Sepulveda and Las Casas. We hear the Christ-cry of Montesinos who witnessed the genocide of the Taino. [93] McLaren points out that what is at stake is "identity", and without love in action, that identity can never be called "Christian". [95]

Part II is entitled "The Doctrinal Challenge", and it completely changed my understanding of Christian "doctrine". Far from abandoning Christian doctrine, McLaren shows that the idea of using it as an instrument of healing makes it essential. Any orthodoxy, or any use which is not healing, is just a false "bug" of the old imperial program. Let me just present his chapters: Doctrine of Creation leads to Human-kindness. Doctrine of Original Sin can help Christians avoid the catalogue of Sins which just seized political power. Doctrine of Election (chosen-ness) helps us choose benevolence--this is one of the most fascinating applications. Doctrine of Trinity can foment harmony--a real gift inside this analysis. Deeper Christology saves us from Hostility. Doctrine of Holy Spirit empowers us in accepting the Other. And Faith can make our Orthodoxy "more generous". This is a specific, rich and rewarding walk through the "healing" of doctrine, its true meaning and purpose.

Part III is entitled "The Liturgical Challenge". McLaren brings Baptism, catechism, Bible studies, and the Eucharist into perspective. He reads scripture as reconciliation. [194] He walks us through the calendar of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost ("the most underrated holiday"), Kindomtide (aka "ordinary time") as a time of gratitude for the nine fold fruit of the spirit. In a Chapter on Baptism, the author reminds us his thesis was on the work of the converted modernist novelist, Walker Percy. [179] McLaren deconstructs the idea of washing as "purification" and separation from the "unclean". How radical the vision of John the Baptist, son of a priest, but far from the Temple, baptizing people in dirty river water in the wilderness. In Luke's version of the story, the "brood of vipers" epithet echoed from Jeremiah 46:22 contrasts with a Holy Spirit descending "like a dove". Baptismal repentance is peaceful, but powerful, transformative. [184]. Luke 3:7ff. Hostile identities can be "washed away", and replaced by a grasp of the attitude of Christ. In a chapter on the Eucharist, McLaren shares his love for the endlessly-enthralling banquet modeled by Christ. He gently condemns the use of it as a "food fight" between sects. [208 ff] He defines "ritual" as an act that employs the body to bond to a meaning. For example, the Eucharist is a celebration of hospitality, amazing grace, and reconnection "sitting down at a table". Why close off this table, why dis-fellowship, or wall-off this celebration? Another meaning-made sense of the liturgy is as an altar, pacified by body and blood sacrifice--a doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement. McLaren spells out the problematic dimensions of this repulsive and fear-based view of God. [210] The altar-based meaning is contrasted to the shared banquet table. We can choose the more biblical resistance to torture and numbness and be more human and benevolent, with even more rich meaning, physically bonding "to a love story of mutual self-giving". [214]

In the concluding section, Part IV takes up "The Missional Challenge", and presents a "live and let be even more enlivened" role for the church and each of us. Friendship can change the world, because it can subvert the impersonal "corporate entities" focused on short-term profiteering, and hostilities fade in the face of it. McLaren proposes evangelizing the evangelists who have lost the meaning of Christianity. Hindus can help Christians discover their true identity, where both can thrive in the reality of a diverse (and multi-faith) world. ( )
  keylawk | Apr 20, 2018 |
From the publisher:
When four religious leaders walk across the road, it's not the beginning of a joke. It's the start of one of the most important conversations in today's world.

Can you be a committed Christian without having to condemn or convert people of other faiths? Is it possible to affirm other religious traditions without watering down your own?

In his most important book yet, widely acclaimed author and speaker Brian McLaren proposes a new faith alternative, one built on "benevolence and solidarity rather than rivalry and hostility." This way of being Christian is strong but doesn't strong-arm anyone, going beyond mere tolerance to vigorous hospitality toward, interest in, and collaboration with the other.

Blending history, narrative, and brilliant insight, McLaren shows readers step-by-step how to reclaim this strong-benevolent faith, challenging us to stop creating barriers in the name of God and learn how affirming other religions can strengthen our commitment to our own. And in doing so, he invites Christians to become more Christ-like than ever before.
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  St-Johns-Episcopal | Apr 22, 2017 |
I enjoyed this book a great deal, and I really appreciate McLaren's approach to Christianity and the Bible. I find his search for a strong and kind Christianity inspiring. That is we can have a strong Christian identity, while seeking to understand, love, empathize and work with those of other faiths. ( )
  aevaughn | Feb 15, 2015 |
Really enjoyed this book - perhaps because the concept so resonates with me. As with "A New Kind of Christianity," Brian McLaren proposes a new way of looking at how we (as Christians) have always done things. Bits of the book, particularly toward the end, can feel a bit preachy but, thankfully, those bits are rare. All in all a great read that will make you think. ( )
  BethieBear | Jul 11, 2014 |
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