Brian McLaren, one of the top emergent gurus, is a dangerous man. I read his book A Generous Orthodoxy last year and it was a painful read — the only book that I’ve recently read that was worse was The Shack. McLaren’s latest book is A New Kind of Christianity. Mike Wittmer is reviewing it here. One of the interesting things that Wittmer notes is that 1) McLaren embraces the theory of evolution, and 2) his view of the fall is twisted as a result. A couple of quotes to wit:
He does not believe that there was a Fall (or original sin or total depravity or hell) but that what we have traditionally called the Fall is actually “a coming-of age story” which—wait for it—describes “the first stage of ascent as human beings progress from the life of hunter-gatherers to the life of agriculturalists and beyond.”
Brian does not seem to believe that there was a first man and a first sin, but that Genesis 3 is a myth which describes how the entire human race became farmers. This view fits with his acceptance of evolution, as most who embrace evolution find it hard to believe that there was a first man who rebelled in a cataclysmic Fall.
There are consequences to adopting evolutionary dogma, especially if you are consequent. I’ll give McLaren credit for doing that. My guess is he has nothing to lose and he certainly has nothing to prevent him from heading in that direction.