August 31, 2013

Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?

I recently read Brian McLaren's latest book, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World. Having read several books by McLaren and having heard him speak a couple of times (including at this year's Wild Goose Festival after reading this book), his newest book did not disappoint. As usual, McLaren offers thoughtful and thought-provoking analysis that both deals with key theological ideas and practical living. The title of the book may make this book seem like a guide to interfaith relations, but it is really a book about Christian living (with an emphasis on getting to know those of other faiths and cultures). With this focus, I particularly appreciate McLaren's attention to post-colonial ideas (which he also introduced in other books). He is one of the best Christian voices today in translating some of these important academic ideas that I read in various graduate courses into meaningful concepts for non-academics. The other aspect to this book that I particularly appreciated was McLaren's consideration to Christian liturgy, its impact on what we believe and how we live, and how changes might help our faith and deeds. I would not call this McLaren's best book - which, I believe is Everything Must Change: When the World's Biggest Problems and Jesus' Good News Collide - but it is still one that would be good for more Christians to read and consider.



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