Brian D. McLaren

Brian McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, blogger, and networker. He began his career as a college English teacher and then spent more than 20 years as a pastor. He has written more than a dozen books, including "Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?" and "We Make the Road by Walking." He is an initiator with the Convergence Network.

Stories by Brian D. McLaren

Convenient “Truths”

I just talked to a leading conservative religious leader about this the other day. He believes that the New Testament … Continued

Finally, A Thoughtful Conversation with Candidates

Three things struck me about the Saddleback Civil Forum before even considering the responses of the two candidates. First, Rick … Continued

The Search for Christian Hospitality

For 24 years I was a pastor in a local church in the Washington, D.C. area. I felt my primary … Continued

Which God Don’t You Believe In?

“According to a new Pew survey, 21% of American atheists believe in God or a universal spirit, 12% believe in … Continued

Time to Renounce the Renouncing

The Question: John McCain’s spiritual guide, televangelist Rod Parsley, calls Islam a “false religion” that should be “destroyed.” Should McCain … Continued

Making Room for New Neighbors

For people in the U.S., the Archbishop’s recent statements are easy to misunderstand. Many of us assume that England is … Continued

The Moral Cost of Torture

A few weeks ago, I posted on this subject of torture for the God’s Politics blog on I began … Continued

Both Sides Need Help with Facts, Truth

E. O. Wilson is, I believe, right and wise to engage in this conversation about protecting life on earth. The … Continued

Faithful Often Fail, Never Give Up

I think Christopher Hitchens is, sadly, too often right. History makes this clear, and many of us who are religious … Continued

No Pain, No Gain

Doubt, in my experience, is like a spiritual drought that forces our roots to go deeper. Nearly all of us … Continued

Dare to Wonder

Although I served as a pastor for 24 years, I’ve always been a person who questions, doubts, wonders, and re-thinks. … Continued

The Seach for Higher Common Ground

The recent Sojourners forum was, I think, groundbreaking. True, it was only a beginning, and there is much more to … Continued

on atheism

Atheism, I believe, becomes more popular when religious communities become more corrupt – and especially when their corruption includes violence. … Continued

Questioning the Question

As with so many questions, we need to respond to “Is America a Christian nation?” with another question: “What do … Continued

God’s Greatness Defeats All Efforts to Monopolize Truth

If we believe that religious people can miss the point and work against God, we will carry a certain suspicion of religion itself, including our own.