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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,791 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian D. McLaren Narrator: Brian D. McLaren Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN: 9780310269250
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A confession and manifesto from a senior leader in the emerging church movement. A Generous Orthodoxy calls for a radical, Christ-centered orthodoxy of faith and practice in a missional, generous spirit. Brian McLaren argues for a post-liberal, post-conservative, post-protestant convergence, which will stimulate lively interest and global conversation among thoughtful Christians from all traditions. In a sweeping exploration of belief, author Brian McLaren takes us across the landscape of faith, envisioning an orthodoxy that aims for Jesus, is driven by love, and is defined by missional intent. A Generous Orthodoxy rediscovers the mysterious and compelling ways that Jesus can be embraced across the entire Christian horizon. Rather than establishing what is and is not “orthodox,” McLaren walks through the many traditions of faith, bringing to the center a way of life that draws us closer to Christ and to each other. Whether you find yourself inside, outside, or somewhere on the fringe of Christianity, A Generous Orthodoxy draws you toward a way of living that looks beyond the “us/them” paradigm to the blessed and ancient paradox of “we.” Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlanne | 2/20/2014

    " It's interesting to read about theological things in terms written by an English major, and McClaren does a good job at making complex concepts accessible. This book helped give some language to some recent thoughts, and I don't find him nearly as scary anymore... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 2/17/2014

    " Great overview of what deconstruction is like and how it works itself out in real life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susannah | 2/6/2014

    " This book makes you think, and I like that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kat | 1/28/2014

    " If you've read bits and pieces about different denominations, sects, and history of Christianity, and/or have not been particularly isolated theology-wise, I don't think that you will be awed by this book. Fairly interesting, but didn't strike me as as groundbreaking as it thinks it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Bishop | 1/25/2014

    " I like it so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B | 1/19/2014

    " This book taught me that there is no exclusive way to celebrate Christianity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 12/31/2013

    " A useful read--it helped me sort out some my mixed bag of experiences as a Christian: Lutheran childhood, a pentecosal early adulthood. Now I am at middle age and I'm feeling a longing to merge...somehow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 12/26/2013

    " Being a Christian is being about more than a denomination, or specific title. It's a mysterious, abstract way of the heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 megan | 11/11/2013

    " awesome book... good insight and some much needed truths for all of us... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Walliser Hettler | 11/6/2013

    " My first 'post grad school' book! woohoo!! I LOVED this book, and it really helped me appreciate the nuances and differences within Christianity - appreciating where I've come from and excitement for the journey ahead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irm | 11/5/2013

    " This gives the best overview of Brian McLaren's viewpoint on the church and faith. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vera | 11/5/2013

    " I'm still reading this. Stopped midway as I started researching the author and finding out if his views (controversial they may be) are seen by mainstream Christian organisations as biblical and legitimate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Sunderland | 6/3/2013

    " McLaren is the writer to read if you want to understand the new emerging Christianity. This is a thoughtful book that questions the traditional understanding of truth to embrace and accept the messiness of faith and human feeling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/17/2013

    " Read this with my "church lady" book club. It's great theology - good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbarianway | 10/15/2012

    " hmm...only on chapter 2 and I am not sure about this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 5/4/2012

    " Don't read if you don't want to be challenged to think and change - or at least appreciate different opinions and viewpoints. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 11/17/2011

    " Brian McLaren pushes the boundaries somewhat in this provocative book. So naturally I loved it! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Bradley Atkinson | 10/10/2011

    " Winner of the Longest Title Award... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 9/8/2011

    " McLaren presents the angles of Christianity in a harmonious way, which is usually rarely seen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen S | 7/26/2011

    " this challenged me right out of my box. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonelle | 7/21/2011

    " Interesting overview of what's going on in the Emergent Church. And, I'm relieved to see that it's becoming more inclusive! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Griffin-Moreno | 7/17/2011

    " To say that this book finally helped me realize that I'd become a Christian somewhere along the way would be glib. But I will say that it helped clarify some of my ambivalence over my religious identity. A worthwhile read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tyler | 2/15/2011

    " not orthodoxy and far too generous "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joey | 2/7/2011

    " I loved this book! Lots of things to think about and gives much to hope for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonelle | 11/12/2010

    " Interesting overview of what's going on in the Emergent Church. And, I'm relieved to see that it's becoming more inclusive! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 10/4/2010

    " This is a great precursor to understand A New Kind of Christianity. I probably should have read it before, but I am grateful to have picked up a copy at the local library. McLaren's thought definitely has much to offer twenty-first century Christians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 7/11/2010

    " Wow, this book will definitely challenge the way you think about many aspects of Christianity, in a good way. McLaren wants us to embrace a broader, "generous orthodoxy" that includes something from every denomination. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 5/20/2010

    " His "orthodoxy" is a little too generous "

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About the Author
Author Brian D. McLaren

Brian D. McLaren is an internationally known speaker, a member of the board of directors of Sojourners, and the author of ten highly acclaimed books on contemporary Christianity, including A New Kind of Christian and A Generous Orthodoxy.