Hipster Christianity

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  • Copyright: 2010-08-01
  • Publisher: Baker Pub Group

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Self-avowed twentysomething Christian hipster insider 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 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 otherwordly 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.

Author Biography

Brett McCracken is a graduate of Wheaton College and UCLA. His day job is managing editor for Biola University's Biola magazine. He regularly writes movie reviews and features for Christianity Today, as well as contributing frequently to Relevant magazine. He comments on movies, media, and popular culture issues at his blog, The Search, http://stillsearching.wordpress.com/. He lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
The History and Collision of Cool and Christianity
Is Christianity Cool?p. 17
The History of Hipp. 31
Hipsters Todayp. 51
The History of Hip Christianityp. 75
Christian Hipsters Todayp. 95
Hipster Christianity in Practice
Christian Hipster Churchesp. 117
The Emerging Churchp. 133
Social Justice, Missional, and the New Christian Leftp. 147
Reframing Christian "Art"p. 161
Problems and Solutions
Wannabe Hip Churchesp. 179
What's So Wrong with Cool?p. 191
Authentic Christian Coolp. 205
Reversing the Ripple Effectp. 217
Relevance Is Not a Fadp. 233
Notesp. 249
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