Last updated on: 4/30/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Brian McLaren, MA Biography

Title:
Leader of the 'Emergent Church' movement
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“[I] would say that the more we claim America is a Christian nation, the less we uphold the highest ideals of both authentic Christian faith and authentic American democracy.”

“A Christian Nation Wouldn’t Act This Way,” Washington Post‘s ‘On Faith’ blog, Apr. 16, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Other
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Leader, ‘Emergent Church’ movement
  • Founding pastor, Cedar Ridge Community Church, 1986-2006
  • Recipient, one of Time magazine’s “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America,” 2005
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree, Carey Theological Seminary (Vancouver, Canada), 2004
  • English instructor, various colleges, 1976-1986
  • Invited guest, Larry King Live, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and Nightline
  • Founding member, Red Letter Christians
  • Board Member, Sojourners
  • Board Member, Mars Hill Graduate School (Seattle, WA)
  • Board Member, Off The Map
  • Former Board Member, International Teams
  • Frequent guest lecturer at various seminaries and conferences
Education:
  • MA, English, University of Maryland, 1981
Other:
  • Lives outside Washington, DC, with his wife Grace and their four children
  • Enjoys fishing, hiking, music, art, and literature
Quoted in:
  1. Is the United States a Christian Nation?