I did once read an extensive interview with him in which Warren insisted he was totally Reformed and Calvinistic. But I've seen some pretty wretched quotations from him, along with a few decent ones.
Warren was shilling a new Christmas book on Hannity and Colmes. Colmes, evidently a graduate of the Larry King One-Note School of Interviewing Christians, elicited one example of each. To wit:
COLMES: ...But if you don't accept Jesus, if you're not something who goes that route religiously...That's really not bad, unless you want to quibble with the use of "bet." Warren's stand with Christ, unabashedly. He's putting the weight where it should be: on Jesus and His Word.
COLMES: ... can you find your way to heaven? Can you still be — go to the same place when it's all said and done?
WARREN: I'm not the authority on that, but I believe Jesus is. And everybody's betting their life on something. Jesus said, "I am the way." I'm betting that he's not a liar. I'm betting that he told the truth.
But... in the very next exchange:
COLMES: What about — what does it say for all those people who do not accept Christ as their personal savior?Oh boy.
WARREN: I'm saying that this is the perfect time to open their life, to give it a chance. I'd say give him a 60-day trial.
COLMES: Like the Book of the Month Club.
WARREN: Give him a trial. See if he'll change your life. I dare you to try trusting Jesus for 60 days. Or your money guaranteed back.
COLMES: Really? You're going to give me the money back?
You know, if somehow, some bizarre and inconceivable way, I had come up with this as a method to challenge people with the claims of Christ... the moment this rank unbeliever says "Like the Book of the Month Club," I think I'd be wondering if it was such a good idea after all. "Special Offer Jesus: Just Like the BoM Club!" No, no no no.
That interview fits right in with my impression of Warren: a mix. He says some good things about war, peace, conflict, human nature. But it's sugar-coated and watered down. And the exchange above pretty well mars the whole.
I think he went wrong just before the portion I quoted. It was here:
COLMES: Well, what about those people who don't — you know, I happen to be Jewish. Not everybody — and Jesus, by the way, I have a lot in common with. Same religion."Absolutely" was the wrong answer.
COLMES: So not everybody necessarily goes that route.
I think it would have been better to respond with questions. Something like this:
You are? Honestly, I had no idea. So you take the entire Torah as being the very words of God, binding on your conscience and life? You know yourself to be guilty and condemned before God, without a hope of forgiveness unless an innocent victim dies a bloody death in your behalf? You expect God to send a redeemer who would be born of the line of David, of a virgin, in Bethlehem, before the fall of Jerusalem; who would die as an atoning sacrifice for His people's sins? Who would rise from the grave? Who one day would rule over the universe? And you believe that any Jew who rejects Him is under the judgment of God? Because, you know, I got all that from the Torah, which I think should define Jewish religion, as the whole Bible should define Christian religion.But no, Warren, wanting to be liked and sell books, allowed himself to be put on the defensive. The Gospel ended up in the same position.