Tag: Brian McLaren

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #141: The Christian Humanist Podcast

David Grubbs leads a discussion with Nathan Gilmour and Michial Farmer about what makes our podcast a particularly Christian endeavor. We also give our personal histories with the faith and with intellectualism and explain a few movements with which we associate–and don’t associate. Our intro music this week is a Vacation Bible School classic.

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #91: Dystopias

General Introduction – Being-towards-the-end-of-semester – Emmanuels far and near – Thanks, Theology Nerd Throwdown! – Chess update What is a Dystopia? – Topos – Utopias and dystopias – The great temptation – Distinctions Premodern Dystopias – No, not really – Pre-dystopian Thebes – Gods and ideologies – The role of technology – The Persia of…

Ten Words, a Capital Letter, and an Ellipsis: A Review of Naked Spirituality by Brian McLaren for Ooze Viral Bloggers

Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words by Brian D. McLaren 250 pp. $25.99, HarperOne I remember well the Christian Ministries: Formation (CMF) courses I took in seminary a decade ago.  Because I was in there with some really good people, not least my professors, they were painless enough.  That said, the…

A New Kind of Hegelianism

Nathan Gilmour has (publicly and privately) referred several times to Emergent theology—or, so I’m sure not to oversimplify a complex and varied intellectual movement, to the version of Emergent theology set forward in Brian McLaren’s latest book—as a sort of Neo-Hegelianism. Nor is he the only critic to make that claim. McLaren’s friend Scot McKnight,…

Complexity and Directness: A Response to Brian McLaren

Reviews and Interviews: A New Kind of Christianity Round-up I have to admit that I’m more star-struck than someone my age should be at the fact that a writer of Brian McLaren’s public prominence has responded at length to something that I’ve written.  Michial and David have extended me the favor of responding quickly to…

Why Getting Plato Right Does Matter: A Follow-up on my McLaren Review

Sometimes folks who normally impress me with their breadth of vision and maturity ways of existing in the world slip into frames of mind that I can only call adolescent. Now normally I try to be very cautious with “appeals to maturity” when I argue against positions.  After all, as someone who believes that nonviolence…

A New Kind of Christianity: A Review for The Ooze Viral Blogs

A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith By Brian D. McLaren 320 pp. HarperOne. $24.99 When I praise Plato and defend my teaching Republic to college freshmen, I often say that Plato’s excellence lies not in the fact that he’s always right but that when he’s wrong, he’s wrong in…