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unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity and Why It Mattersby David Kinnaman
"The idea that evangelicalism is in some peril may seem fanciful....But the Bush years may prove their zenith....Evangelicals themselves are beginning to notice, to judge from unChristian, an interesting new book based on research by the Barna Group, a kind of Gallup for that movement." Bill McKibben, The New York Review of Books (read the entire New York Review of Books review)
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It's a difficult fact to face: the perception that most nonbelievers have of Christianity is overwhelmingly negative. Through groundbreaking research conducted on 16- to 29-year-old non-Christians, released solely through this book, Christians will see how their friends, colleagues, and neighbors really perceive them. unChristian uncovers why these perceptions exist and what can be done to reverse them. David Kinnaman, a Generation X thought leader himself, does a masterful job of providing readers hope and motivation to live the kind of life that reflects a winsome and compassionate Christianity one that reflects the nature of Jesus Christ and the principles of the historic Christian faith. This one-of-a-kind book gives readers practical examples of what this fresh expression of the Christian faith can look like in a sophisticated, pluralistic society, and captures the thoughts of respected Christian leaders on what Christianity can be known for in thirty years.
"Kinnaman, president of the Barna Institute, was inspired to write this book when Lyons (of the Fermi Project) commissioned him to do extensive research on what young Americans think about Christianity. Lyons had a 'gut-level sense that something was desperately wrong,' and three years of research paints exactly that picture. Mosaics and Busters (the generations that include late teens to early 30-somethings) believe Christians are judgmental, antihomosexual, hypocritical, too political and sheltered. Rather than simply try to do a PR face-lift, Kinnaman looks at ways in which churches' activities actually may have been unchristian and encourages a return to a more biblical Christianity, a faith that not only focuses on holiness but also loves, accepts and works to understand the world around it. It would be possible to get lost in the numbers, but the authors use numerous illustrations from their research and life experiences and include insights at the end of every chapter from Christian leaders like Charles Colson, John Stott, Brian McLaren and Jim Wallis. This is a wonderful, thoughtful book that conveys difficult truths in a spirit of humility. Every Christian should read this, and it will likely influence churches for years to come." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Ground-breaking research presented in the bestselling book, unChristian, reveals that 16-29 year olds perceive Christianity to be anti-homosexual, judgmental, hypocritical, too political, sheltered, and proselytizing. This DVD curriculum kit developed by the Fermi Project moves the conversation forward by providing key insight into how Christians can change these perceptions when we become more like Jesus. Including insights from Gabe Lyons, David Kinnaman, Shane Claiborne, and Rick McKinley, this innovative study will move participants to not only be more aware, but to actively engage with their community. Includes DVD, leader's guide, and interactive website access.
Based on groundbreaking Barna Group research, "unChristian" uncovers the negative perceptions young people have of Christianity, and explores what can be done to reverse them.
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