NPR gives an obviously-slanted perspective on Brian McLaren and his new book, A New Kind of Christianity, ending this 4 min 35 sec segment (which features McLaren, but also Albert Mohler, Bruce Ware, and Jim Hamilton) with this remark:
“Mohler is determined to nip any such trend in the bud. But if McLaren and surveys of young people are any guide, there seems to be an appetite for a different sort of evangelical Christianity.”
This is exactly the sort of trend that the 2010 Ligonier West Coast Conference was about. Painfully, NPR twice refers to McLaren as a “leading evangelical.”
One disturbing statistic mentioned in the segment is from David Campbell and Robert D. Putnam’s book American Grace: How Religion Is Reshaping Our Civic and Political Lives. Apparently, Mr. Campbell’s surveys show that nearly two-thirds of evangelicals under age 35 believe non-Christians can go to heaven, but only 39 percent of those over age 65 believe that.
HT: Denny Burk