Recorded on September 6, 2012
Best-selling author, activist and public theologian Brian McLaren has never been afraid to ask Christians difficult questions, and his latest one gets to the heart of Christian identity in a divided world: How should followers of Christ treat members of other religions? That’s the subject of his new book, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Muhammad Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World, to be released on September 11. As the presidential election approaches and we find ourselves immersed in hostile political identities, Brian challenges Christians on both the left and the right to recognize how they have fallen into a pattern of hostile religious identities that promote hatred and incite anger. He invites Christians to imagine a strong Christian identity that is also kind and benevolent toward other Christians, other faiths, other political agendas. Listen to this critical conversation with your hosts Bob and Adam and their guest, the thoughtful and prophetic Brian McLaren.
Brian’s recent article in the Huffington Post provides an important practical reflection upon the dangers of the hostility and violence sown in our culture. For an introduction to Brian’s work and the topics discussed in the interview, read his article A Fertile Summer for Violence.