From Scot McKnight:
Alas, A New Kind of Christianity shows us that Brian, though he is now thinking more systemically, has fallen for an old school of thought. I read this book carefully, and I found nothing new. It may be new for Brian, but it’s a rehash of ideas that grew into fruition with Adolf von Harnack and now find iterations in folks like Harvey Cox and Marcus Borg. For me, Brian’s new kind of Christianity is quite old. And the problem is that it’s not old enough.
This quote makes so much sense, especially after reading McLaren’s Generous Orthodoxy and A New Kind of Christian. It is pretty blurry where McLaren is going in those two books, but recent writings and podcast should have given us the hint.