My friend Alex, a PhD student at Southern Seminary, linked me to Al Mohler's blog with a long waited review of Brian McLaren's Generous Orthodoxy. I have been waiting for the blood letting to begin from Dr. M an dother members of my delightful home denomination.
Have fun reading it. Yes, I know it is disjointed, provincial, supercilious and lacks even a fundamental understanding of what Brian is trying to accomplish (or what Emergent is), but Dr. M is a smart guy and doesn't let his academic credentials get in the way of a good "ass whoopin."
Actually, Al is just steamed his place on the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals was taken by Brian. If Al had liked Brian's book and been generous himself, I would have questioned everything I believe and become a fundamentalist premillenial dispensational islamicist Baptist evangelist (or something like that).
My favorite uninformed quote from this blog "When it comes to issues such as the exclusivity of the gospel, the identity of Jesus Christ as both fully human and fully divine, the authoritative character of Scripture as written revelation, and the clear teachings of Scripture concerning issues such as homosexuality, this movement simply refuses to answer the questions." (I made the quote hot pink to disturb him). It is always refreshing to learn something about yourself you did not know. Next time I wonder about my belief system, I will just email Al.
I actually like the guy. He is about the smartest, most well-spoken (though uninformed) member of the Christian Right.
Actually, I just got some breaking news from Lifeway. Dr. Mohler will be joining with D.A. Carson for a new book entitled Malevolent Orthodoxy (Generosity is for girly-Man Theologians): Why I am a Parochial + Patriotic+ Fundamentalist/ Calvinistic + Rigid/ Angry + Republican/ Warmongering + White/ Southern + Flag Waving/ Rush Loving + Manly + Modern/ Propositional + Baptist + Complete Christian
It is just a piece of satire hopefully poking a little fun at Brian's book title, while using some words and views Al has espoused on his website and in his writings and speeches. By using words that could be provocative and could be construed as name calling, I hope to point out the ease of this practice, all to common, especially by those of my heritage and the need to stop labeling others so as to discredit their arguments (hey, I took out homophobic and unreflective). By the way, malevolent is in my thesaurus as an antonym for generous.