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Holy MavericksEvangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace$
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Shayne Lee and Phillip Luke Sinitiere

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814752340

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814752340.001.0001

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A New Kind of Christian

A New Kind of Christian

Brian McLaren and the Emerging Church

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Holy Mavericks

Shayne Lee

Phillip Luke Sinitiere

NYU Press

This chapter explores how Brian McLaren attracts many followers by challenging evangelicalism. McLaren is a pastor, best-selling author, ministry consultant, and influential leader in a rapidly growing evangelical movement called the emerging church. McLaren engages in progressive dialogues on the global economy, the growing economic divide between the rich and the poor, and the mounting danger of violence from both terrorists and antiterrorists. His writings attract many who criticize and critique evangelicals' partiality with American nationalism and neoconservative politics. By offering a relational and organic model of spiritual community that emphasizes friendship, fosters dialogue, and makes no claim to having a monopoly on truth, McLaren constructs an archetype for a new kind of evangelicalism that addresses the alienation, isolation, and rampant individualism of our society.

Keywords:   American evangelicalism, evangelicals, emerging church, pastor, American nationalism, neoconservative politics

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