A Dangerous Orthodoxy

For the past year or so, I have found myself growing increasingly fascinated (and, correspondingly, alarmed) by much of the post-modern, Emergent movement. It’s a fascination that I can’t quite explain…in other words, I’m not exactly sure what God wants me to do with it. I’m no expert in theology, nor am I anywhere close to being the most articulate writer or speaker. All I know is that I feel like God has placed this issue on my heart, with a burden to encourage us all to use greater discernment as we examine much of what it is proposing. It is because of this burden that I decided to read “A Generous Orthodoxy” by Brian McLaren – considered by many to be a (if not THE) founding father of the “emerging church” movement. I wanted to gain a better understanding of where he is coming from and what he believes…

…what I read shocked me.

Before I continue (even though I don’t have much left to say other than to link you to a well-written review of the book :))…if you are someone who is a fan of McLaren’s or of the post-modern movement (and I am pretty sure some who are reading this are), I am truly not trying to offend you by being so “harsh” about it all. I simply find myself with a growing concern that perhaps in the church we are not as discerning as we should be. We need to always, always, ALWAYS be asking ourselves “What does the Bible say?”, weighing anything that is taught by man against it. This book causes me great concern that maybe we, as the Church, are not emphasizing this need as we should be.

With that I continue…

Confusion. Disbelief. Anger. These are just 3 of the emotions that swirled together within me as I read “A Generous Orthodoxy”.
I could try to critique this book here, but the reality is that I wouldn’t even know where to start. Thankfully, Challies has posted a review that says it much better than I ever could — and perhaps will help you understand why this book (and the post-modern movement it represents, if only in part) alarms me so much. I encourage you to read it here: http://www.challies.com/archives/000712.php



One response to “A Dangerous Orthodoxy

  1. I read the book a few years ago and enjoyed it. I only agree with not even 1/3rd of it (now a few years wiser maybe it would only be 1/4) but as a book I enjoyed it. I enjoy McLaren as an author, I do not enjoy him as someone who represents “the most influential evangelists today”. It’s a shame that his books are published and marketed into the christian subculture where most people can’t differentiate literature from self help spiritual books. He crafts stories well (the “A new Kind of Christian trilogy) and he’s not afraid to rock the boat with questions and de-constructing tradition (A Generous Orthodoxy). It’s dangerous when people are dumb enough to stand on and buy into beliefs from his books that even he doesn’t stand behind.

    He’d do the world a favor if he stepped out the Zondervan publishing arena.

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