Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?
Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
by Brian D. McLaren
"Brian McLaren is the most creative Christian theologian and spiritual teacher writing and preaching today in the U.S., yet his universal message is as relevant to people of all faiths and none."
—Rabbi Michael Lerner, Author and Editor, Tikkun Magazine
In his most important book yet, widely acclaimed author and speaker Brian McLaren proposes a new faith alternative, one built on "benevolence and solidarity rather than rivalry and hostility."
Read Chapter 1 from Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road?
McLaren's book invites us all to think deeply about how we balance a shared human journey with the fact that each of us walks that journey in our own shoes. How do we love both the journey and the shoes which help us to walk it?
There is a similar need for Muslims to add a benevolence dimension to our existing axis of strength vs weakness, so we can decouple hostility from strength.
I recognize that it is possible that Jesus' experience of the spiritual was entirely different from the Buddha's. And that's okay. I need to understand Jesus on his own terms, not mine.
Mclaren's book provided me insight into Christian identity and much to read, rediscover, and research; but it left me with many questions - and renewed my commitment to interfaith dialogue.
On the occasion of the anniversary of 9/11, McLaren's new book will help many Christians think through how they maintain their Christian identity — even uniqueness — in an increasingly pluralistic world.
Reading McLaren's reflections on what he sees as the failings of much contemporary Christian spirituality and his fascinating proposals for addressing these concerns, I was struck by how kindred his concerns are to mine and those of many (if not most) reform-minded Muslims.
Brian McLaren's book is riveting, beautiful, and thought provoking. While I disagree with a good number of his points, and I believe many Christians will as well, it will be hard for anyone to disagree with the overarching conclusions that Brian comes to.
You’ve probably heard the saying that a living tradition cherishes the past but is not bound to repeat it. That, I think, is the challenge we all face – to cherish our past so much that we find in it resources for a better future … for all.