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Brian McLaren on Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World

Brian McLaren is coming out with a new book on Tuesday: Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World.

McLaren also did an interview about the book last week on Relevant Magazine’s podcast.

A little more on the book, from

When four religious leaders walk across the road, it’s not the beginning of a joke. It’s the start of one of the most important conversations in today’s world.

Can you be a committed Christian without having to condemn or convert people of other faiths? Is it possible to affirm other religious traditions without watering down your own?

In his most important book yet, widely acclaimed author and speaker Brian McLaren proposes a new faith alternative, one built on “benevolence and solidarity rather than rivalry and hostility.” This way of being Christian is strong but doesn’t strong-arm anyone, going beyond mere tolerance to vigorous hospitality toward, interest in, and collaboration with the other.

Blending history, narrative, and brilliant insight, McLaren shows readers step-by-step how to reclaim this strong-benevolent faith, challenging us to stop creating barriers in the name of God and learn how affirming other religions can strengthen our commitment to our own. And in doing so, he invites Christians to become more Christ-like than ever before. 

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Who Is My Neighbor?

Nicholas Price responds to tragedies in Joplin and Oak Creek at Relevant Magazine:

“I would encourage all of us to begin by getting to know our neighbors.”

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A Christian visits a Sikh gurudwara

From John Huckins on Sojourners’ God’s Politics:

“… [We] were immediately greeted by the priest with a handshake and smile. He thanked us for coming and invited us into the experience that included a short service in the gurudwara and vigil outside to remember the six worshipers who were shot by a man that had never met them. I can only speculate, but if this man would have engaged these people on a relational level at any point, he certainly would have reconsidered his actions.”

“Friends, we don’t compromise the integrity of our faith and convictions by engaging and standing with those of other faiths. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. When we stand in solidarity with those of other faiths — especially in times of tragedy — we embody the very best of our faith, namely the pro-people heart of Jesus. “

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Eboo Patel writes to Christians about the importance of interfaith dialogue

Eboo Patel on Relevant Magazine online:

“For the church to remain relevant in a religiously diverse world, Christian leaders must learn to articulate how and why Christians can relate to non-Christians in ways that aren’t just about conversion, and how and why such a response is in fact deeply Christian.”

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Learning about other traditions… from others

The latest from Nicholas Price at Relevant Magazine Online:

“When it comes to talking with people of other faith traditions, it is important to ask them what they believe and why. And then sit back and listen.”

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Evangelical Credibility

John Morehead on Q Ideas:

A new movement has arisen among Evangelicals, involving organizations like the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy and others, a movement of people who believe that it is possible to engage those in other religions without compromise, and to do so in civility. At the core of this movement is a desire to follow the way of Jesus. At times Evangelicals have attempted to support such a model with reference to biblical passages where Jesus rebukes the scribes and Pharisees (Mat. 23:27). But a more careful reading reveals that this passage is not applicable to interreligious encounters. Here Jesus criticizes leaders in his own religious community. It is not a text that applies to consideration of how Jesus engaged those outside of his religious community.

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Paul’s example of interfaith dialogue

From our friend Nicholas Price at Relevant Magazine Online:

The reality is that, when it comes to interactions with people of other faith traditions, evangelicals have been standoffish at best and, at worst, hostile. Too often those few interactions with communities from other faith backgrounds dissolve into theological slugging matches in which each side seeks to point out the flaws of the other, with evangelicals entering the fray in the name of evangelism.


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Honoring Muslim friends during Ramadan

From Christopher L. Heuertz at the Washington Post’s On Faith blog:

“Ramadan is not only a special time for Muslims, but for people of all faiths. For non-Muslims, we are invited to consider making our own sacrifices and we are challenged to follow the example of our devoted friends. This is a prayerful time to consider what a more peaceful world might look like if we’d all prioritize periods of religious or non-religious purification.”


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