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Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide

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Publisher Comments:

Insider twentysomething Christian journalist Brett McCracken has grown up in the evangelical Christian subculture and observed the recent shift away from the stained glass and steeples old guard of traditional Christianity to a more unorthodox, stylized 21st-century church. This change raises a big issue for the church in our postmodern world: the question of cool. The question is whether or not Christianity can be, should be, or is, in fact, cool. This probing book is about an emerging category of Christians McCracken calls Christian hipsters--the unlikely fusion of the American obsessions with worldly cool and otherworldly religion--an analysis of what they're about, why they exist, and what it all means for Christianity and the church's relevancy and hipness in today's youth-oriented culture.

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"Being hip is about valuing independence, freedom, and reinvention. But when evangelical Christian culture adopts hip's rebellious nature, what happens to the message of the institutional church? In his book debut, magazine editor McCracken steps outside of his own hip subculture to question whether the quest to be hip is 'turning Christianity into a shape-shifting chameleon with ever-diminishing ecclesiological confidence and cultural legitimacy.' This critical analysis reads like a sociological study aimed at evaluating a demographic segment of churchgoers. From the Jesus People of the 1960s to the Missional Church movement of today, McCracken demonstrates how hip came to collide with the values of the church. By bowing to trends in order to reach youth, Christianity may be sacrificing content and authenticity. McCracken's analysis isn't wholly scientific and unbiased; with lists like the '12 common types of hipsters' and an appreciation of pop culture, he may unintentionally fuel the very subculture he's attempting to question. Yet his 'gut check' offers a much needed perspective that will make Christian leaders question the direction of their postmodern undertakings. McCracken successfully sets the stage for an important debate. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

A twentysomething Christian journalist explores why the church today is so preoccupied with being cool, fashionable, trendy, and relevant.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801072222
Author:
Mccracken, Brett
Publisher:
Baker Books
Author:
Baker Publishing Group
Author:
McCracken, Brett
Subject:
Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christian Life - Pop Culture Issues
Subject:
Christianity - General
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
255
Dimensions:
12.44x4.02x.66 in. .68 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Being hip is about valuing independence, freedom, and reinvention. But when evangelical Christian culture adopts hip's rebellious nature, what happens to the message of the institutional church? In his book debut, magazine editor McCracken steps outside of his own hip subculture to question whether the quest to be hip is 'turning Christianity into a shape-shifting chameleon with ever-diminishing ecclesiological confidence and cultural legitimacy.' This critical analysis reads like a sociological study aimed at evaluating a demographic segment of churchgoers. From the Jesus People of the 1960s to the Missional Church movement of today, McCracken demonstrates how hip came to collide with the values of the church. By bowing to trends in order to reach youth, Christianity may be sacrificing content and authenticity. McCracken's analysis isn't wholly scientific and unbiased; with lists like the '12 common types of hipsters' and an appreciation of pop culture, he may unintentionally fuel the very subculture he's attempting to question. Yet his 'gut check' offers a much needed perspective that will make Christian leaders question the direction of their postmodern undertakings. McCracken successfully sets the stage for an important debate. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , A twentysomething Christian journalist explores why the church today is so preoccupied with being cool, fashionable, trendy, and relevant.
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