the new book from Brian McLaren, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity In A Multi-Faith World is excellent. it’s being released in September (September 11) and i was lucky enough to track down an advanced copy for review on my blog.
McLaren is the author of several wonderful books. his writing is a great challenge to the Church; prophetic even. his books ask questions, point out hypocrisy, and provoke thought.
Why Did Jesus, Moses… is timely. there are events all around us in the world and in the news that represent the clash of faiths.
if you don’t like Brian McLaren and his work, this book will only add fuel to your fire.
if you do like Brian McLaren and his work, you’ll love Why Did Jesus, Moses…
there doesn’t seem to be a lot of middle ground when it comes to Brian McLaren and his books. people either hate him and think he’s a heretic. or they love him and his books.
there are four main sections in Why Did Jesus, Moses… that tackle, as the subtitle suggests, Christian identity if a multi-faith world.
Part 1: The Crisis of Christian Identity
Part 2: The Doctrinal Challenge
Part 3: The Liturgical Challenge
Part 4: The Missional Challenge
each chapter in each sections deals with the implications of our multi-faith world.
at no point is McLaren suggesting an all-inclusive, relativistic, tossed salad of world religions. he does not suggest watering down or losing our Christian faith or identity. the book is simply challenging Christians to live and act with Christlike grace in welcoming and befriending other people, regardless of their religious affiliation and beliefs.
this will be too much for some. that’s not judging; simply stating a fact. i may not be “all in.” but i can see where i agree and where i may disagree with things McLaren has written.
Why Did Jesus, Moses… is well-written. it’s a must read for the Church. also, people of other faiths would get something out of it, too. it’s a great, great book.
NOTE: Thanks to Kelly Hughes and the good folks at JERICHO BOOKS for providing me with a free copy of Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? for review on my blog.