Monday, March 01, 2010

McKnight on McLaren's A New Kind of Christianity

"Alas, A New Kind of Christianity shows us that Brian, though he is now thinking more systemically, has fallen for an old school of thought. I read this book carefully, and I found nothing new. It may be new for Brian, but it's a rehash of ideas that grew into fruition with Adolf von Harnack and now find iterations in folks like Harvey Cox and Marcus Borg. For me, Brian's new kind of Christianity is quite old. And the problem is that it's not old enough."

Wow. I haven't read Brian's latest yet and let me say I consider both Brian and Scot to be friends. The interested charitable response would be to read Brian's book and decide for ourselves, which I'm sure Scot would also recommend.