Brian McLaren Warns Against Bible's "Texts of Terror"

From 7–10 May 2012, Washington D.C. was host to the Children, Youth and a New Kind of Christianity conference. Sponsored in part by the Emergent Village, and hosted by Emergent Church leader Brian McLaren, this event sought to

spark conversations about youth and children within a new kind of Christianity. They will talk about innovative practices, critical issues, and controversial topics like violence, racism, interfaith dialogue, and sexuality. They will embark on a journey together to engage in life-giving ministry with young people. And they will blaze a new trail for the 21st-century church. Source

At the Institute on Religion and Democracy, Barton Gingerich shares a synopsis of the event. Noting that “the speakers and much of the audience came from the Evangelical Left,” he writes:

Carl Stauffer, professor of Development and Justice Studies at Eastern Mennonite University, warned against the Bible’s “seemingly divinely ordained violence.” Emergent Church guru Brian McLaren similarly worried about how church-going parents can give their children “loaded guns” in the form of “texts of terror” condoning war and other violence. He wondered whether unfiltered Bible-reading could “leave them with the idea that God is violent.” And he warned: “Bible-preaching/teaching/reading people are the most dangerous in the world for Muslims.”

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