Communicating and bias with Brian McLaren: Compass episode 47

We all have our own well-reasoned opinions and points-of-view. Why can't other people see things as clearly as we do?

Brian McLaren joined the Compass Podcast noting that all of us carry certain biases, and when we recognize them we are far better capable of communicating our points of view.

Brian McLaren is a well-known and prolific author. His book A New Kind of Christian influenced a number of today’s Christian leaders. He also wrote The Secret Message of Jesus, relating the words of Jesus to 21st-century circumstances. Naked Spirituality offers “simple, doable, and durable” practices to help people deepen their life with God.

One of his perhaps lesser-known books is a little one called Why Don’t They Get It? It’s a little less about faith than many of his other books… and is more about communication. Specifically, it’s about how we communicate important and sometimes conflictual ideas. In this short book, Brian addresses 13 biases that are present in everybody--even me and you. And he gives practical insight into how these biases keep us and others from hearing new information.

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Why Don't They Get It, which describes the 13 biases we're carrying, is only available from the store on Brian's web site. Keep track of what Brian is up to and catch up on his writings (including poems!) at his web site.