Scot McKnight recently sat down and asked Brian McLaren three questions about what exactly McLaren believes (see above). I have the three questions transcribed below, but I think the last question is the most important.
In the third question, McKnight asks McLaren if he’s a universalist. Don’t hold your breath for a direct answer because McLaren doesn’t give one. McLaren says that he is not an exclusivist but that he can’t say that he’s a universalist either. He won’t commit to either view. McLaren’s says that he’s working within a new “narrative” in which those old questions of heaven and hell don’t make sense anymore. In spite of McLaren’s obfuscation, I think it’s pretty clear that he’s a universalist.
Here are McKnight’s questions:
“Most of us detect a provocative ambiguity, while others wonder if there’s not a deliberate refusal to clarify your viewsâ€¦ Why not just come out and tell people what you believe?”
“Many of us wonder if you have abandoned Generous Orthodoxy. How do you square what you are rejecting in A New Kind of Christianity (the Greco-Roman narrative) with your earlier affirmations of Generous Orthodoxy?”
“You seem to be coming out as a universalistâ€¦ Is this true? And if it is, what led you to be a universalist?”
(HT: Robbie Sagers)