Scot McKnight is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University, and I am proud to say an author of two books published by Baylor University Press, on whose faculty committee I sit. Although I do not always agree with Scot, I am an occasional reader of his blog, Jesus Creed. For he writes and thinks well. In fact, after reading his just published review of Brian McLaren's A New Kind of Christian (about which I wrote earlier today), I dropped Scot this note: "I just read your review of McLaren’s book on CT Online. Very nice work. You’re a much kinder soul than I am. You said all the right things in just the right way. You have a gift, and you use it well."
Here are some excerpts from Professor McKnight's review of McLaren's book:
You can read the whole thing here. One thing that stood out to me when I was going through McLaren's book last night is this: while he decries the influence of Greek philosophy on Christian theology, his whole method seems Gnostic (and thus, neo-Platonic) in the sense that he seems to think he has direct spiritual acquaintance with a pure Christianity untouched by history or flesh and blood. McLaren presents his "insights" as if they were a special sort of hidden knowledge that he alone has the appropriate motives and personal history from which he may deign to share them with us. In this way, his Protestant fundamentalist roots betray him, for he offers a sort of Religious Left version of the Trail of Blood. Moreover, by pitting the "Old Testament God of Wrath" against the "New Testament God of Love," McLaren is reviving a version of the ancient Marcionite heresy.
While reading this book I began to think that while McLaren was writing this tome he was channeling J. M. Carroll, Richard Rorty, Adolph Harnack, and Walter Rauschenbusch all at the same time!
(For more on the question of Greek philosophy and the development of Christian theology, see my article, "Mormon Theism, the Traditional Christian Concept of God, and Greek Philosophy: A Critical Analysis." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 44.4 [December 2001])