Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism & Liberty
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Baker Books / 2013 / Paperback

Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism & Liberty

Baker Books / 2013 / Paperback

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Hot-spot bars, edgy Hollywood films, hip concerts . . . the culture of "cool" is "in." But are young Christians following today's trends in ways that are mature and edifying---or excessive and harmful? McCracken examines the gray areas of cultural consumption to help you find the middle ground between legalism and license in a way that honors God. 192 pages, softcover from Baker.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0801014743
ISBN-13: 9780801014741

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Publisher's Description

Culture is in right now for Christians. Engaging it, embracing it, consuming it, and creating it. Many (younger) evangelicals today are actively cultivating an appreciation for aspects of culture previously stigmatized within the church. Things like alcohol, Hollywood's edgier content, plays, art openings, and concerts have moved from being forbidden to being celebrated by believers. But are evangelicals opening their arms too wide in uncritical embrace of culture? How do they engage with culture in ways that are mature, discerning, and edifying rather than reckless, excessive, and harmful? Can there be a healthy, balanced approach--or is that simply wishful thinking?

With the same insight and acuity found in his popular Hipster Christianity, Brett McCracken examines some of the hot-button gray areas of Christian cultural consumption, helping to lead Christians to adopt a more thoughtful approach to consuming culture in the complicated middle ground between legalism and license. Readers will learn how to both enrich their own lives and honor God--refining their ability to discern truth, goodness, beauty, and enjoy his creation.

Author Bio

Brett McCracken is a Los Angeles-based journalist. He is the author of Hipster Christianity and has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post,, the Princeton Theological Review, Mediascape, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Relevant, IMAGE Journal, Q Ideas, and A graduate of Wheaton College and UCLA, Brett currently works as managing editor for Biola Magazine and teaches journalism at Biola University. Follow him at his blog, The Search, at

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