Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World

Why Did Jesus Moses the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road Christian Identity in a Multi Faith World When four religious leaders walk across the road it s not the beginning of a joke It s the start of one of the most important conversations in today s world Can you be a committed Christian without h

  • Title: Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
  • Author: Brian D. McLaren
  • ISBN: 9781455513963
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When four religious leaders walk across the road, it s not the beginning of a joke It s the start of one of the most important conversations in today s world Can you be a committed Christian without having to condemn or convert people of other faiths Is it possible to affirm other religious traditions without watering down your own In his most important book yet, widelWhen four religious leaders walk across the road, it s not the beginning of a joke It s the start of one of the most important conversations in today s world Can you be a committed Christian without having to condemn or convert people of other faiths Is it possible to affirm other religious traditions without watering down your own In his most important book yet, widely acclaimed author and speaker Brian McLaren proposes a new faith alternative, one built on benevolence and solidarity rather than rivalry and hostility This way of being Christian is strong but doesn t strong arm anyone, going beyond mere tolerance to vigorous hospitality toward, interest in, and collaboration with the other Blending history, narrative, and brilliant insight, McLaren shows readers step by step how to reclaim this strong benevolent faith, challenging us to stop creating barriers in the name of God and learn how affirming other religions can strengthen our commitment to our own And in doing so, he invites Christians to become Christ like than ever before.

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  • Brian D. McLaren

    Brian D McLaren is an internationally known speaker and the author of over ten highly acclaimed books on contemporary Christianity, including A New Kind of Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy, and The Secret Message of Jesus.

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  • I once read about a time that Allen Ginsberg was crossing the quad of a college somewhere, and a student called out to him, "Hey Ginsberg, what do you think of so-and-so's latest book?" Ginsberg didn't know the book, but he knew the author, and he gathered from the student's tone that the student was looking for a little trouble. So Ginsberg responded, "Whatever he's doing, I'm for him."I think Ginsberg sounded a little like Jesus when he said that--not necessarily (though not unnecessarily) in [...]


  • More of McLaren’s catholic, progressive theology, this time with an ecumenical focus. He is knowledgeable and respectful of world religions, never dismissing or conflating them. Between the extreme options of a strong, hostile Christian faith and a weak, accommodating one, he proposes a strong, benevolent faith that starts with genuine friendship and a fresh understanding of original sin – that we are all flawed beings caught up in anxiety and rivalry and need to get back to God’s vision f [...]


  • I frequently tell people that the mark of a good book isn't that you agree with everything the author says, or that you "buy" all the author's arguments, or even that you were convinced to change your view on something. No, the mark of a great book, in my opinion,is it causes you to THINK. This is what I love most about Brian McLaren - he graciously challenges me to rethink my faith and the world. This book is challenging, but oh-so-timely and relevant. It's an important conversation that is hap [...]


  • Honestly, when I picked up this book, I can't say I had much interest in it (world religions as a topic has generally not piqued my interest much). But after reading the first few pages, I was hooked and could hardly put it down. What McLaren offers in this beautifully benevolent and insightful groundbreaking work is a re-examination of Christian faith in light of a religiously diverse world, asking whether or not Christianity is meant to have a hostile or benevolent posture toward other faiths [...]


  • We have just enough religion to make us hate but not enough to make us love one another. --Jonathan SwiftWhat does it mean to be a Christian in a multi-faith world? In a world that keeps shrinking, McLaren draws us back to Christian neighborly principles, encouraging respect and interfaith understanding, but without sacrificing our allegiance to Christ. While it may be true that fostering an us-versus-them atmosphere strengthens the walls and adds purpose to our lives, this does not mean it's th [...]


  • This book may well be an adequate primer for evangelicals who have never considered cooperation with people from other traditions in a meaningful way, but if you have thought about such things for more than five minutes this book is a waste of time and you will see it as simplistic and unrealistic.My biggest complaint is that for a book purporting to be about Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith world, it spends the vast majority of its pages attempting to re-define conventional, conservative, ev [...]


  • Well it is no big secret that I love this book. I loved it from the day the proposal hit my desk and I am delighted with the final result. I am a McLaren reader and I have the utmost respect for the man. This, in my humble opinion, is the best thing that Brian has ever written. So far



  • I loved the big idea at the heart of the book--that we should question our tribal and oppositional Christian identities and reinterpret them in nontribal ways. Amen and amen. Still, I thought Brian was a little too heady/abstract at times and went down too many rabbit trails, which prolonged the book. I also wish he was more careful in how he constructed the book since some may interpret him as being arrogant (since he is the hero/ideal/solution to all the problems), but he certainly is not arro [...]


  • Very clear an easy-to-read introduction to Christian dialog with other religions. A valuable book on an important topic for our time. McLaren does much to build empathy for other points of view & traditions without losing focus as a follower of Christ. Extensive use is made of René Girard's thought, helping to pave the way for using Girard's theory constructively in inter-religious dialogue.


  • See my review at billdahl/articles/bria. It is a pre- pub review. A PHENOMENAL read!!! PRE-order now!!! Available September 11, 2012 Buy a few to give away to others.I had the privilege to read an Advance Uncorrected Proof of Brian Mclaren‘s new book: “Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? (Published by Jericho Books – Hachette Book Group – Available September 11, 2012). Here’s my review. I call it, “A Call to Prayer With Your Feet:”Subversive friendships p [...]


  • Brian McLaren was an unknown pastor until 2005 when Time listed him as one of the top 50 most influential Christian Leaders. He was at a evangelical pastors gathering and asked to declare his position on homosexuality. He responded by saying: "The thing that breaks my heart is that there is no way to answer that question without hurting someone else on the other side." This "tension" branded him the label from Time as a "kinder and gentler brand of religion."McLaren at the time was a leader or t [...]


  • Growing up in a Christian home I eventually, like most kids, began to question the faith I had been taught. Some stories of questioning begin with taking a biology class and learning about evolution. This was never a problem for me. I always figured that the truth of falsity of evolution had little to do with the central claims of Christian faith. For me the questions always revolved around other religions.If I believe Jesus is the savior of the world, is unique, what does this say about other w [...]


  • Brian McLaren and I are roughly the same age and we both grew up in conservative evangelical churches (although mine were, for the most part, a little more liberal than those he experienced, I think). We both became second-career pastors. And we both, at roughly the same time, came to question a good deal of the doctrine that we had assumed was necessary based on our youthful learning. Every time I read one of his books, I think, "Here's my brother on a very similar path.""Why Did Jesus" continu [...]


  • Some things Brian McLaren is very confused about, in no particular order: the Bible, biblical criticism, hermeneutics, etymology, theology, doctrine, church history, ecumenicism, other religions, the definition of "gospel", John the Baptist, Jesus, the Gospels, the Bible (Old and New Testaments), evangelism, economics, colonialism, politics, prejudice, psychology, and much else.Some things Brian McLaren is not confused about, in no particular order: his certainty that his critics don't understan [...]


  • Interesting, thought-provoking, hopeful book for our time. McClaren makes an argument that God wishes Christians to love our neighbors, to live responsibly in a pluralistic society, yet not lose our Christian identity in the process. He begins the book by exploring the hostility and violence we see around us. He then moves into practical suggestions on how to build a strong faith identity with a benevolent posture, rather than hostility, toward other faiths, and how NOT to weaken your faith iden [...]


  • Does Dissent or Disagreement Have to be Hostile? (The Model Jesus Gave Us)This review essay was prompted by a review article by Bob Allen of Baptist News Global in 2013, "Author proposes end to interfaith hostility" and is based on my early comments thereptistnews/article/authoI was amazed at some of the wild-eyed comments by readers who lashed out against McLaren for various envisioned evils or concepts they attributed to terminologies they saw reflected in the book, through Allen's review essa [...]


  • This book has been life changing for me. For anyone who is dealing with interfaith relationships, or struggling with any "them" and "us" issues, this is for you. I realize that the author has been dissed by certain Evangelicals for advocating a new kind of Christianity, but in truth, he is advocating paying attention to the message of Jesus, and living in love and cooperation. If we could share the gifts of our beliefs, without agenda, and work toward common goals without hostility, can you imag [...]


  • As you can expect from anything written by Brian McLaren, the reader will be both challenged and inspired by what you find in the book. I was particularly intrigued by his argument that Constanstine's "conversion" laid the seeds for later hostitlities between Islam and Christianity. Also, I should add that this book got me to think not so much about interreligious relations but, more specifically, the "other" that seems to get my blood boiling in my own religious tradition and how I need to resp [...]


  • So this is theological, and I don't have a shelf for that yet. But the premise is how would each of these religious leaders interact if confronted with each other. The conclusion that McLaren proposes is that they would cross the street (from their various corners) and find common ground. And yet, Bill O'Reilly is selling more books. I don't get it.


  • If the premise of a good book is that it makes you think and question, then this is a great book.Thought-provoking, spiritually motivating,and a thinking mans/woman's book, told in simple language, with a regular dose of humour. The footnotes, will have me finding additional books to read, for many months to come.


  • One of the best and most thought-provoking books I have read. Wow!Now, I do not agree with everything he says, but what a presentation of how people of faith should be acting. Can pretty much be summed up in the "old" WWJD movement.





  • Just into the beginning of this book, but McLaren does not disappoint. In fact, this may be one of the most important books to come from this provocative and challenging author. Worth the time.


  • Another collection of phenomenal insights from Brian McClaren, this time on the thorny issue of other faiths:Could it be possible to have a strong Christian identity that is strongly benevolent towards people of other faiths, accepting them not in spite of the religion they love, but with the religion they love? Could my love and respect for them as human beings lead me to loving and respectful encounter with well their religion as well?


  • I think this would be a book better read in a group setting with a facilitator and I SO wish that the reference notes at the bottom of far too many pages had been whittled down. There is good material to think about in this book but it didn't excite me the way I had been led to believe it likely would. I don't know that I've read much of McLaren's writing but I will read more.


  • McLaren opens up a very important discussion for today. How do we interact with people that are often identified as "other?" His description of a strong, benevolent faith, which is not dependent on any other faith being right or wrong, is definitely something to hold onto.



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