Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide  -     By: Brett McCracken
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What happens when Christianity becomes "cool"? Is a fashionable, edgy counterculture church a good thing? Insider 20-something Christian journalist McCracken probes the unlikely fusion of worldly fads and otherworldly faith---and analyzes what this emerging category of Christians is all about, why it exists, and what it means for the church's relevancy in today's youth-oriented culture. 240 pages, softcover from Baker.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801072220
ISBN-13: 9780801072222
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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.

Author Bio

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.

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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.)Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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    This book is good. However, it is not a light read. If you are interested in reading something that is just a good story, this isn't the book for you. But if you are looking to think about what you read and can take time to digest each chapter, then this is a book you will love.
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    richard r blake
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    "Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide" is a critical analysis of a segment of Christendom today that prefer to be called followers of Christ rather than born again Christians. Journalist Bret Mccracken defines in detail the terminology and history of being cool, hip, hipsters, and hip Christianity.

    He goes on to describe "Hipster Christianity" in practice. Mccracken explores Christian identity. Who we are as Christians, our identity in Christ, and how the world perceives us.

    Throughout the book Mccracken asks probing questions which we need to address as individuals. He has done his research and has an amazing insight into contemporary music, art, and literature. He also has a depth of understanding of the missional church, the emerging church, the hipster church, evangelicalism, reformed doctrine, and Calvinism.

    I appreciated Mccracken's sensitivity to the importance of authenticity of a loving, holy, community of Christ followers, a reminder that "The Church" is the "Body of Christ" eternal and unchanging made up of imperfect individuals designed to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ.
  4. mojo
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    mojo
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    Youd think buying a book called Hipster Christianity would dial you in to the whats-what and help you comb your faux hawk just right. Sadly this is not that book. Brett McCrackens book is more of a tale and less a guide.Brett writes with a touch of wit and wry sarcasm, and he drops named like Dennis Miller on speed. But again, I warn you, dont buy this book if youre in a dying church and youre hoping to steal some cool-points and rev up your congregation. This is not a how-to book.And while you may shun the hipster title and decide that neither church nor Christians need be relevant or cool you may also find yourself (or your church) described within Bretts book (unless youre over 50).Brett says the reason he wrote the book was because he loves the church. I want to see her thrive, expand and be all that she can be for the world. I want to see the cause of Christ advanced and not muddled up. And this topic the relationship of the church to the notion of cool strikes me as a vitally important issue that needs to be addressed with tenderness, nuance and when appropriate constructive rebuke. (page 13)Is Christianity cool? What you might think was a promotion for hipster Christianity, Brett surprisingly warns againstI think the Christian hipster lifestyle has become far too accommodating and accepting of sin, something that should actually shock and disturb us. If its uncool to draw lines about what behavior is permissible and prudent for the Christian, then Christians should start getting used to the idea of being uncool. (page 200)But thats just the thing with defining cool isnt it? What is so uncool today, becomes cool tomorrow only to one day become uncool again.
  5. Doug
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    September 8, 2010
    Doug
    240 pages of stereotyping and generalizing. Some relevance, but mostly misses the point. Don't bother.
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