Brian McLaren, Capitalism, and Ticket Prices

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I am starting to read the book Everything Must Change by Brian McLaren. I heard he was coming to speak in Saint Petersburg and I thought about going to hear him until I found out the tickets were over $100. Is it just me or does it seem a little weird to pay over $100 to hear a message about radical Christianity? You can say there must be a limited number of seats and thus the high ticket price. That might be true but then the reason for the high price would be the very capitalistic and consummeristic system his book and presumably his lectures act to counter.

I try to stay away from anything negative on this blog because there is always so much negativity out there in the world toward Christians. So I hope this doesn’t have an air of negativity as much as an air of wondering what the real story is behind a ticket price like that. While you cannot put a price tag on spiritual transformation it does seem odd to present yourself as pushing for radical change against systems of capitalism and toward equity and then charge an exorbitant amount for people to come and hear you speak. Maybe there is more to the story than appears on the surface and I am doing my best to give him the benefit of the doubt. I don’t know Brian McLaren and I am sure if I did I would find a respectful, loving, and committed Christian. So forgive me if I am way off base here. More later on the message of the book.

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