Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The Wittenburg Door Interview: Brian McLaren

The Wittenburg Door Interview
Brian McLaren

By Becky Garrison

May/June 2007

He's controversial. He's heralded by some and accused of being apostate by others. Brian McLaren is unapologetic. He says he believes in the life, death on the Cross, and triumphant resurrection of Jesus Christ. Meanwhile, this pastor, author, speaker, and networker is listed as one of America's 25 most influential evangelicals by Time magazine. McLaren got there primarily on the strength of more than a dozen challenging (some would say danged near heretical) books that have resonated with millions of readers, including The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth That Could Change Everything; A Generous Orthodoxy, The Last Word and the Word After That: Faith Doubt and a New Kind of Christianity; A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey; A Search for What is Real: Finding Faith and others.
Sinner, seeker, saint? One interview won't decide it. But here are Brian's words. From here, it's up to you. (Log on to for all things Brian.)

WITTENBURG DOOR: First off, how would you respond to those who say that you're a proponent of a theology that has abandoned the cross?

BRIAN MCLAREN: I can't imagine why anyone would say I have abandoned the cross!

DOOR: Some do ...

MCLAREN: Sheesh. I guess this kind of thing would be coming from people who claim that the gospel can be reduced to one theory of atonement.

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