Thursday, 27 August 2009

Prominent Evangelical keeps Ramadan

Ed: According to Wikipedia, "Brian D. McLaren is a prominent, controversial voice in the emergent church movement. He was recognized as one of Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America" in 2005,[1] and is the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, Maryland."

According to Brian McClaren's own website,

[...] This year, I, along with a few Christian friends (and perhaps others currently unknown to us will want to join in) will be joining Muslim friends in the fast which begins August 21. We are not doing so in order to become Muslims: we are deeply committed Christians. But as Christians, we want to come close to our Muslim neighbors and to share this important part of life with them. Just as Jesus, a devout Jew, overcame religious prejudice and learned from a Syrophonecian woman and was inspired by her faith two thousand years ago (Matthew 15:21 ff, Mark 7:24 ff), we seek to learn from our Muslim sisters and brothers today. Read more

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Revd John P Richardson said...


Reformation said...

Another confused use of the term "Evangelical." I would like to know what Brian "confesses," to wit, what are his propositional committments that he confesses. Then, I could assay or assess our relationship. As such, as a Confessional, Catholic, Protestant, Calvinistic Anglican, I can't use the term "evangelical" for Brian without further documentary evidence.

Revd John P Richardson said...

I can't use the word evangelical for him, period. Which is sad.

Reformation said...

Rev. Richardson:

Am just catching up on articles on the "Emergent Church" which apparently Mr. McClaren represents. Again, from what I've seen, he's nowhere close to the XXXIX Articles or the theology--august theology, exegesis--of the Reformation period. The issue of Confessions in relation to the word "Evangelical" has growing conviction here. I've been thinking about your post at Ugley Vicar re: the definition of "evangelical." Will keep it percolating. Philip

Anonymous said...

Slight tangent but I have been using Ramadan as a time to particularly pray for Muslims and have found helpful for this.

Elizabeth Bridcut

Charlie J. Ray said...

If Brian McClaren is an "Evangelical," then so is the devil himself.