Comments on “Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?”

From a reader in China:

I’m sitting in a Starbucks in Xiamen, China reading your new one. I’m on Chapter 6 where you’re recounting your online dialogue and it’s blowing me away. Something just hit me like a brick.
First the quote:
“We need to become better Muslims, better Jews, and better Christians. (And we all agree that Jesus has a lot to offer to all of us in this predicament.”
Now the brick:
Perhaps this idea is a reasonable (and integral!) explanation of what Jesus meant when he said, “No man comes to the Father except through me.” Perhaps Jesus foresaw his role as the refiner of our particular faiths, and not just the Christian one.
As always, thanks for what you’re doing. I’m cheering you on from the other side of the planet, where I’m completely surrounded by The Other. Wait a minute… Maybe I’m the Other.

From a gifted leader at an Evangelical megachurch:

Just a quick email to let you know how much I’m loving your new book “Why did Jesus…”. I seriously can’t think of a more important conversation on earth right now…or a more brilliantly winsome way to approach it. Way to go! Keep pushing us!

From Faith Matters blog:

As I’ve said over and over, the call to Americans of the 20th Century was to get racial harmony right, while the call of the 21st Century is to get religious harmony right.
And that’s exactly the point of McLaren’s book.
McLaren’s concern is how Christians can retain a strong religious identity and still be respectful of other religions and their adherents. He argues persuasively that one need not compromise one’s religious beliefs to be able to relate constructively and respectfully with people of other faiths.

More information on the book is available here: