Sunday, August 17, 2008

A Generous Orthodoxy

Lately I have been reading A Generous Orthodoxy, by Brian D. McLaren. You may recall he spoke at Lambeth and dazzled the bishops. He has a breezy, easy to read style, and he pushes the envelope on all things Christian. Here is a gem from his book (p. 293):

"To be a Christian in a generously orthodox way is not to claim to have the truth captured, stuffed, and mounted on the wall. It is rather to be in a loving (ethical) community of people who are seeking truth (doctrine) on the road of mission... and who have been launched on the quest by Jesus, who, with us, guides us still. Do we have it? Have we taken hold of it? Not fully, not yet, of course not. But we keep seeking. We're finding enough to keep us going. But we're not finished. That, to me, is orthodoxy -- a way of seeing and seeking, a way of living, a way of thinking and loving and learning that helps what we believe become more true over time, more resonant with the infinite glory that is God."


gva said...

I'm currently working on Henri Nouwen's The Inner Voice of Love, one or two pages per day. I recommend it.

The Rev. James Richardson said...

Henri Nouwen is terrific! Glad you are enjoying it. I can recommend a few more of his. Try his book, "The Prodigal Son."