The Great Spiritual Migration
How the World's Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian
By Brian D. McLaren
From Brian D. McLaren, champion of the emerging/progressive church movement, a follow-up to the much-admired We Make the Road by Walking: a re-imagining of Christianity that is all about action rather than a list of beliefs.
Many people experience Christianity as a system of belief, focused on an exclusive Supreme Being who favours some and rejects others, and is defended by a set of change-averse, self-protecting institutions. In The Great Spiritual Migration, Brian McLaren proposes that this conventional understanding of Christianity is ripe for a conversion: from system of belief to way of life, from exclusive Supreme Being to the loving, healing, reconciling Spirit embodied in Jesus, and from an organised institutional religion that supports an unjust status quo to an organising movement-building religion that helps a better world be born.
Drawing from his work as a pastor, speaker, ecumenical networker and activist, McLaren issues a call and offers a plan for radical change that can shift the direction of Christian faith to be more in sync with its founder, more life-giving for individual Christians and congregations - and more of a life-giving resource for the whole world.
Brian McLaren is an internationally acclaimed speaker and outspoken advocate for 'a new kind of Christianity'. Named one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Evangelical Christians, McLaren was a pastor for over 20 years. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programmes, and an in-demand blogger on faith and public policy (brianmclaren.net). @brianmclaren
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20 Oct 2016
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Hodder & Stoughton
#4 in The Church Times' 'top ten religious books' — The Church Times
It's time to stop thinking about Christianity as a system of belief focused on an exclusive Supreme Being who favours some and rejects others, protected by an all-controlling institution.
Instead, we need to move to thinking of Christianity as a way of life, from the exclusive Supreme Being to the loving and reconciling Spirit embodied in Jesus, and from a controlling, institutionalised religion to a movement for changing the whole world.
— Christian Today
Brian D McLaren has written THE GREAT SPIRITUAL MIGRATION to encourage Christians to see hope in new trends that are reshaping the church as Christians prefer to define themselves by love, rather than beliefs... As McLaren sees it, Christianity is becoming more Christian. — The Church Newspaper
McLaren's value lies in voicing a frustration felt by many in our churches, a sense that something has to change. — The Church Times