I have read almost all that Brian McLaren has written… I think he has a great ability to take complex questions of Theology and Humanity, and humbly frame those questions in meaningful ways.
His latest work – A New Kind of Christianity – is very much worth the read. His main thesis is that about every 500 years, the church steps back and recasts how it is living out the Gospel in the world. His argument, that this has happened at roughly 500CE, 1000CE, and 1500 CE (with Luther), is that we are due another “recasting” or “revisioning” of how we live as followers of Jesus. In this light, McLaren suggests one large idea… a revamping of how we see the meta-narative of God’s work in creation. From this new examination of God in creation, he poses ten questions about how this new understanding would affect our view of God, Jesus, the Church, etc.
His ten questions (or how he wonders the new narrative would impact ten areas) are thought provoking, challenging, and world-view stretching… hence the amount of fiery (even exacerbated) debate. It seems many either love or hate this book… with very few “fence sitters”.
Personally, I found his work refreshing and thought provoking. Of course, I don’t agree with all he has written, (who would? It is a book of questions and not answers), but think the conversations it starts are very healthy for communities and people of faith everywhere!