Scary posts: Even worse than being the antichrist – being an English major!

Being called the antichrist is bad enough, but on top of that, according to this recent note, I’m in English major! Aaargh!

1 John said the spirit of Antichrist was at work in the Church in the 1st Century. I see the poster McLaren is the poster child of this.
English Major , too stupid to pass the Calculus required for a real degree?

Another person writes – clearly without having actually read my most recent book (or maybe any of my books?):

Dear Brian,
The Bible is 100% true. We must assemble ourselves together, the Lord commands it. You are not allowed to use only parts of the Bible to suit your heresy. Jesus is King and the only way to heaven. Not budda, mohammad, or the Hindu critter Gods.
Jeremiah 23:28
King James Version (KJV)
28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. Please go invent your own religion and leave Jesus alone.

On a more positive note:

I know you guys are screening this and I understand Mr. Mclaren likely won’t get to see it but I just wanted to take a minute to say what a valuable service he is providing to this country and, by extension, the world. This country has long been without true religious thinkers and I think the results quite clearly show that it has hurt us gravely. In this regard, Mr. Mclaren is an asset to society and America a better place for it. No doubt, the waters between Scylla and Charybdis make for a dangerous and lonely voyage but I cannot stress enough how appreciative I am that folks like Mr. Mclaren and his staff (you guys) are making waves.
Keep your heads above water and regards,

And also on a more positive note:

Greetings. I wrote you some months ago saying that your books and thoughts gave me hope in a world that seems more and more divisive—a tension to which it seems to me the Church often contributes. As a priest I find this so frustrating.
Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for your comments about the “nones” on the Huffington Post blog yesterday, October 16. I can’t tell you how much I agree with the young man who told you, “I’m only hanging on by my fingernails.” I wonder if I’m supposed to stay in the Catholic tradition and fight and struggle, or be somewhere else more in line with what I believe. Not expecting an answer, of course. Just asking for prayers.
Thanks again for your hopeful Christian message.

Be assured, dear brother, you are in my prayers, and I’m sure many readers will join in those prayers too. There’s a lot of pain out there – what I call in the new book “CRIS” – Conflicted Religious Identity Syndrome. One of the first steps of therapy is learning you’re not alone!