Brian McLaren in Focus: A New Kind of Apologetic

Brian McLaren in Focus: A New Kind of Apologetic

by Scott R. Burson, Brian D. McLaren

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Finally, a balanced appraisal . . .

Labeled as both a villain and a hero, Brian McLaren has been celebrated and maligned by the evangelical community. Many have used his extensive writings to understand Christianity in fresh ways, but critics contend that McLaren has strayed too far from the Bible as well as from core Christian beliefs.

Finally, this book puts McLaren in focus—showing the development of his ideas over time, giving firm assessments of his positions, and offering suggestions of both the strengths and weaknesses of his thinking.

Even more, McLaren speaks for himself in these pages as the author of the foreword, and through his extensive, charitable conversation with the author. Don’t miss this important book!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780891126508
Publisher: Abilene Christian University Press
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Scott R. Burson is an assistant professor of philosophical theology at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. He is the author of Holistic Apologetics: Advancing the Gospel with Moral, Emotional, Rational, and Social Intelligence and C. S. Lewis & Francis Schaeffer: Lessons for a New Century from the Most Influential Apologists of Our Time (both coauthored with Jerry Wallis).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Book Abbreviations 9

List of Figures 10

McLaren's Chronology 10

Foreword Brian D. McLaren

Five Questions You Might Be Asking 13

Chapter 1 Introduction 19

Chapter 2 McLarens Rise to Prominence 31

Chapter 3 McLaren and the Bible 67

Chapter 4 McLaren and Calvinism 95

Chapter 5 McLaren's Doctrinal Revisions 137

Chapter 6 McLaren, Evangelicalism, and Liberalism 159

Chapter 7 McLaren and Armmian Affinity 201

Chapter 8 McLaren and Arminian Dissonance 231

Chapter 9 What Can Evangelicals Learn from Brian McLaren? 265

Appendix A The US Emerging Church Movement 273

Appendix B Stanley Grenz and the Postmodern Turn 284

Appendix C McLaren's Marks of Modernity 288

Appendix D Brian McLaren Email Correspondence 291

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