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Everything Must Change 2

September 13, 2007


In Everything Must Change, McLaren starts with Part 1 which takes you through 5 chapters laying out how his two preoccupying questions shaped this book.  His two questions are, “What are the biggest problems in the world?” and “What does Jesus have to say about these global problems?”.

Most of these chapters are stories that have shaped his belief that we have sold the gospel short.  That Jesus came for much more than to “just” punch our tickets to get into heaven.

The 5th chapter is what I see as McLaren at his best.  Bringing a succinct explanation of how we have gotten to where we are.  In this case how as the chapter title suggests, “second thoughts had come to stay”.

He connects Nazism, and its overconfidence, cancer, the post war, Descartes, A Discourse on Method and the civil rights movement in the U.S. and in the process explains Foundationalism.   “A desire to establish universally accessible first principles – incapable of being doubted or debated because of their pristine and universal logical clarity.”

Next will include how that affects the two questions.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2007 10:48 pm

    The book sounds interesting. Although I’m sympathetic to McLaren’s critiques of foundationalism that appear in other books or articles he has written, I can’t get past the idea that, at some point, in some circumstances, we must be foundational. I agree with the first part of his definition of foundationalism, up to the dash, “the desire to establish universally accessible first principles.” The second half of his definition, though, sounds as though it is packed with attitude.

    Looking forward to seeing what you think about how he unpacks this idea in relationship to his two questions.

  2. February 8, 2008 1:08 pm

    Hey, I noticed that you’re reading Brian McLaren’s Everything Must Change. A few of us are planning to read the book together and blog our thoughts as a sort of online reading collaboration. Any interest?

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