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December 23, 2006



Hey Bro...

I started reading through this, and am about half way through. I agree with you, that McLaren does make some broadbrushing generalities of orthodox traditions, however, he tells the readers that that's exactly what he's doing. He doesn't necessarily apologize for it, but he says,
"The real purpose of this book, and much of my writing and teaching, is to try to help us realign our religion with that Someone." (26) "I'm naive in many ways with an uncorrected leaning toward optimism and hope." (25)

I'm not defending McLaren. I think he's got a long way to go in become generously orthodox. And while he may not be offering the best explanation and/or details of each nuance of a specific tradition, he does hit some points that the mainstream evangelical will simply overlook because they are "Roman" or "Reformed" or "Eastern".

He says he's naive in certain ways. So take that for what it is. And practically, I don't think I could write a 350 page book on orthodoxy without generalizing a little bit.


I was wondering if you have checked out Brian's latest book (The Dust Off Their Feet) a retelling of ACTS. It is part of a new Scripture translation called The Voice and you can read more about it at www.hearthevoice.com. If you'd like to review any of the project just let me know and tell me where to send them.

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