As I am reading through Brian McLaren's New Kind of Christianity I am struck by just how disconnected McLaren's ideas are from actual Christian history.
McLaren has the misguided hubris to think that he can wipe the slate clean and build a new "christianity" from the ground up and that he can simply ignore what the church has taught from its beginning. Rather than making a new kind of christianity (as if that were even possible) McLaren has created his own false religion / cult that utilizes Christian words and phrases but has completely emptied them of their historic and Biblical meanings. With the publication of this book McLaren will forever be named as being in the company of such men as Cerinthus, Arius, Pelagius, Nestorius, Marcion, Apollinarius, Eutyches of Constantinople, Noetus, Donatus, Charles Taze Russell, Mohammed and Joseph Smith.
Below, I have reproduced one the earliest Christian epistles that dates back to the generation that immediately followed the Apostles. It is entitled, The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus and I offer this epistle and the salient points that I've highlighted in the document as a historic counter point to McLaren's heretical claims. Enjoy it and distribute it freely to help inoculate the body of Christ against the McLaren virus.
Hint: this document is best viewed in full screen mode.