I’ve just finished Brian McLarens “A New Kind of Christianity”. I’ll get straight to it:
ANKoXy is seminal. Radiant, packed with promise, extraordinarily incisive. It is a work of profound deconstruction and even more profound rebuilding. It takes particular care with the devils found in detail, while managing the sort of overview only angels might enjoy. It gathers from the most erudite minds in history, and delivers, without dumbing down, something for everyone.
This is a work for the 21st Century, complete with generous pipes leading from the well of history, especially the history of Christianity, and in holding together tremendous, age old tensions, it manages to purify the aquifers of Living Water of toxins that have been running rampant through our blood for 1600 years.
Many people will write many words issuing from McLarens swathe of theses. I won’t do that here; I want this not be to a review as much as an appreciation for what he has achieved. There are a few small problems, I grant (not defining “death”, p 49; some fuzziness around the 3D narrative, chap. 6; and pejorative use of “tribal” chap. 11), but their import is totally eclipsed by the singular integrity of ANKoXy.
But this integrity is not merely “systematic”: it is more the wholeness of the fruit of its own liberation, brimming with clarity, packed with sparkling and practicable ideas, and thoroughout maintaining focus on the central issue – The Love of God and how to experience and share it – while hosting a veritable library of Continue reading “ANKoXy: An appreciation”