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Do I Stay Christian?:
A Guide for the Doubters, the Disappointed, and the Disillusioned
Hardback: St. Martins, 2022
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At its best, each religion has its way of pointing people toward “a more mature humanity” that “will desire the good of all people, beginning with the poor and most vulnerable.” One reason McLaren gives that he remains Christian, despite all the lousiness of his tradition, is that Christianity remains, at its best, an excellent path for people ready to learn to understand their hearts on the way to becoming more fully human, “passionately eager to embody a way of being human that is pro-justice, pro-kindness, and pro-humility.”
Any spiritual path that guides and teaches you to love yourself, love other people, love creation, and love the transcendent (he knows that many people won’t and don’t call this “God”) is good, in order to train our “all-inclusive desire for universal well-being,” says McLaren. Then he adds, “I [still] see Christianity as my heart’s path into this mysterious and sacred web.”
– from a review by Jon M. Sweeney
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"This book will inspire, motivate and challenge anyone who cares a whit about the written word, the world of ideas, the shape of our communities and the life of the church."
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