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These new emergent online works were initiated by Steve Bush of Harbinger Blog, along with Myles Werntz (of Baylor University) and Keith Johnson (of Princeton Theological Seminary).
The purpose of the site and the weblog will be to promote a progressive or postconservative evangelical identity. Steve says that many, many people identify as evangelicals but do not identify with the theological and/or political conservatism that dominates media representations of U.S. evangelicalism.
[hat tip: SmartChristian.com]
Rather than do a "review" I'm taking a point or issue from each chapter and relating to it personally. As always, I'd appreciate feedback and conversation via comments (or email). I've set up a Last Word list on my sidebar for easy tracking.
Some of us already received an amazon.com pre-order copy during the past week, and someone even got the unreleased manuscript copy on eBay for $280 (proceeds went to charity, part of a fundraising effort to fight hunger in Burundi). Ken Archer of theologicalthinking.com, our fellow conversationalist here, gets a mention in the acknowledgements.
The CD's name is: Generous Orthodoxy - a Discussion, product number: RGCD3438C. It's not yet listed in their online bookstore, but it can be ordered by calling Toll-Free (US & Canada) 1-800-334-3279. $12.00 (CDN) for the double CD set.
Salient sound bite from page 249: 'I originally titled this chapter "Why I Am Buddhist/ Muslim/ Hindu/ Jewish," seeking to echo-- provocatively-- Crawford's words about being linked to all people.' The book went to print with 'Why I Am Incarnational.' I started the chapter expecting his lessons learned from Eastern Orthodox, and turns out, Brian's saying something way different!
I won't write too much more of a spoiler here, but if you're like me, and trudging through the book, skip ahead, get to the end, and we'll pick up the conversation about it soon!