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Adam's post below got me all to thinking. Yeah, it's nice that McClaren's writing a book about the holistic/social Gospel. Bully for those Emergent types who pick it up and suddenly realize that Jesus loves poor people. Honestly, the Church needs all the help it can get in this area -- so welcome, Mr. McClaren, welcome.
But I understand Adam's sentiment. This isn't news. This isn't secretive. There's nothing gnostic about it. It's the Gospel, plain and simple, available for those with ears to hear since first century Christianity. And this is where the actual thinking kicked in. Is there anything new being said by Christian authors today? Or are we just parroting things we've heard elsewhere? Sure, maybe the lingo and other cultural markers we employ are new and improved, but we have Ron Sider and Jim Wallis and even Craig Blomberg writing about socio-economic issues. Do we really need McClaren writing another book about social justice (albeit with a way-sexier title)? Maybe, yes. For matters of getting the message far and wide we do.
But let's play What If? (One of my favorite games...) What if we were forced to narrow the playing field so that only a limited number of authors were allowed to continue to publish? Would McClaren's book be as important?
Maybe McClaren is one of the guys you read voraciously. Maybe his every syllable makes you salivate with Emergent hunger. So here's where we get to play little Nick Hornby's. If only three living Christians authors were allowed to continue writing/publishing books -- be they pastors, theologians, novelists, journalists, moms, pundits or internet-evangelists -- who would you choose and why? What is about those particular authors that puts them head and shoulders above the rest, that they deserve to be read and re-read by Christians everywhere, regardless of where they fall on the denominational spectrum? I'll put my picks in the comments. Think about it for a minute/days on end. Then comment away yourself.