United Methodist Reporter review of my new book

McLaren cannot simply be defined as “liberal” or “conservative”; he believes, instead, that “our core doctrines are even more wonderful and challenging than we previously imagined,” and that a deeper Christology, a more precise understanding of the Trinity, and a more robust theology of the Holy Spirit, will lead us to a more “generous orthodoxy.”
Likewise, a renewed practice of traditional liturgical elements can help us strengthen our Christian identity, while identifying the “null curriculum,” or those unwritten things taught and passed on without being noticed or identified. Mr. McLaren makes a compelling case for new ways to understand baptism, Communion and the Christian year.
But perhaps the most challenging part of Mr. McLaren’s vision is the call to make friends, just as he did with Aatif and as I have done with Mohammed. He calls this the practice of “subversive friendship,” for it involves breaking down walls and crossing boundaries that aren’t usually crossed.