I’ve only just got round to reading ‘A Generous Orthodoxy’, which makes this review at least three years late, and possibly more: McLaren’s material was made copyright in 2004. I always was a late developer.
Once I’d started the book, I was hungry to read on, as I found McLaren saying many things with which I identified, and clarifying things which I already believed, bringing them to light in a more thought-through way. The book also challenged me, as I’d come to the rather judgmental conclusion from bits and pieces that I’d read of McLaren’s that his thinking was shallow and sloppy, reflecting a background without theological training. But like McLaren, I am an English teacher who came to ‘full-time’ pastoral work later in life. I am also without formal theological training or qualifications (though I did try – ask Andrew), and am unordained into any ministry or priesthood by any branch of the church. So maybe it’s the speck and the plank.