Faith and DoubtA Love Story
A four-stage journey to a faith that expresses itself in love
Our civilization faces a momentous choice: continue to run on dirty fossil energy, or convert to clean and renewable energy. The former option offers the convenience of familiarity, but it is a suicidal path. The latter option requires us to doubt many economic and political orthodoxies, and it requires great innovation and creativity.
We face a similar choice in regards to religion. We have a ready supply of fossilized religion that runs on shame, fear, hostility, resistance to science, and short time frames. How can we “convert” from a dirty-energy spirituality to a clean-energy spirituality, especially within Christianity, the world’s largest, wealthiest, and most highly-armed religion? This transition matters to the whole world, and will require Christians to engage both doubt and faith. Drawing from his own journey from fundamentalism to a more evolutionary and expansive Christian faith, former pastor, author, and public theologian Brian McLaren proposes a four-stage journey of faith and doubt. His proposal integrates the work of over a dozen theorists and has the capacity to stimulate both the doubt and faith we need to transition to a “clean energy” faith that expresses itself in love.
Join us online on January 21st for a thrilling conversation with Brian, where we will explore an evolutionary spirituality of love.
About Brian McLaren
Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is a faculty member of The Living School and podcaster with Learning How to See, which are part of the Center for Action and Contemplation. He is also an Auburn Senior Fellow and works closely with the Wild Goose Festival, the Fair Food Program, Vote Common Good, and Progressive Christianity. His recent projects include an illustrated children’s book (for all ages) called Cory and the Seventh Story and The Galapagos Islands: A Spiritual Journey. His newest book is Faith After Doubt (January 2021), and his next release, Do I Stay Christian? will be available Spring 2022.
Born in 1956, he graduated from University of Maryland with degrees in English (BA, summa cum laude, 1978, and MA, in 1981). His academic interests included Medieval drama, Romantic poets, modern philosophical literature, and the novels of Dr. Walker Percy. In 2004, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree (honoris causa) from Carey Theological Seminary in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and in 2010, he received a second honorary doctorate from Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal).
From 1978 to 1986, McLaren taught college English in the DC area, and in 1982, he helped form Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative, nondenominational church (crcc.org). He left higher education in 1986 to serve as the church’s founding pastor and served in that capacity until 2006. During that time, Cedar Ridge earned a reputation as a leader among emerging missional congregations.
Brian has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors since the mid 1980’s, and has assisted in the development of several new churches. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings – across the US and Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. His public speaking covers a broad range of topics including postmodern thought and culture, Biblical studies, church leadership and spiritual formation, pastoral survival and burnout, inter-religious dialogue, and global crises.
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