Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide

Hipster Christianity When Church and Cool Collide 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 tr
  • Title: Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide
  • Author: Brett McCracken
  • ISBN: 9780801072222
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide
    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 unorthodox, stylized 21st century church This change raises a big issue for the church in our postmodern world the question of cool The qInsider 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 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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  • Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature And why take ye thought for raiment Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow they toil not, neither do they spin And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much clothe you, O ye of little faith I was hoping that this book would be funny, honestly It was not [...]

  • I picked up this book at a very sadly closing Borders Friday night based solely on how hard the book s promotional website made me laugh at work on Friday Let me say from the outset I understand that this won t be a book everyone rushes to read It s a niche book a niche which happens to interest me so, I won t be offended if you don t take my recommendation because it doesn t interest you.More sociology of religion than religon, McCracken undertakes a journalistic approach to dissecting the newe [...]

  • Opening chapter 10 Brett writes Of all my church visits during the research for this book, the churches that frustrated me the most the ones that, to be honest, I had a hard time sitting through were those that I call wannabe hip churches These churches were the worst at disguising their desperate hope to be hip They clearly endeavored to be palatable to the cool kids But mostly they just looked sad and desperate, uncomfortable in their own skin and too hip for their own good How ironic This is [...]

  • I try to avoid the temptation to rate every book I read 5 stars and state it s a must read However, Hipster Christianity by Brett McCracken gets the nod I cannot recommend this book enough, but it s especially timely for church planters, even though the book was written in 2010.McCracken lays the book out in three parts and all help drive towards the final chapters conclusion about the question of if Cool Christian can and should coexist The historical sociological tracing of hipster cool from t [...]

  • Let me start by saying that I would not recommend this book to most people I know.Actually, I d go so far as to say that a very small grouping of people irony would benefit from this BUT I must say, I actually enjoyed this book Definitely a nice change of pace from what I ve been reading lately At some points, it was pretty illuminating to see tendencies in the church amongst young people and to see where they derived from One of my favorite chapters was essentially a history of cool in the West [...]

  • McCracken tackles the question, Are cool and Christianity compatible Ultimately, he argues that they are not although he acknowledges that some Christians may be cool people Church leaders and churches cannot fabricate cool Christianity His discussion in part one about the nature of cool is well presented He argues that people are image conscious and they want to be recognized Then, in the second part, he describes Christian hipsters and their churches I found that section both the most interest [...]

  • I decided to give this book a try because I was becoming increasingly aware that I might actually be part of the Hipster Christian generation the so called emergent church Little did I know that my church was actually included as an example of a hipster church in it and was the only British church to feature significantly That was unsettling I don t think our leadership are too comfortable about that either.Proximity to subject aside, it was interesting reading the history and drive behind some [...]

  • Brett s descriptive abilities are showcased well here, and he did a great job spanning the scene across the country But I was just as impressed with his ability to synthesize so many writers pastors and church experiences To get Donald Miller and David Wells into the same pages is no small feat As evangelicalism broadens and fragments, getting different camps to see the others is a great service to the church I was thrilled to see how he made Wells accessible to a crowd that might not read him o [...]

  • I m not the intended audience for this book, being LDS, but I am a recovering hipster with an interest in the debates surrounding emergent Christianity The best stuff is in the middle and final sections of the book, and the author makes some powerful arguments against allowing cultural influences to infringe on religion.The first section was a bit long on the what is hip discussion, but likely seemed that way because having been steeped in hipster culture, I don t need it defined for me.Recommen [...]

  • It starts slow, but give this book a chance This is a well documented and researched take on the hipster movement and its influence on Christianity Who knew hipsterdom could be so well defined I really appreciated the author s thoughts on what happens when the church tries too hard to be cool and that if we are authentic in our faith, people will see and be attracted to that rather than the latest branding of Jesus or a church Good for Christian hipsters, wannabe hipsters, those who don t get it [...]

  • I tried really hard to get through this book twice, but just couldn t Some parts were really interesting but it was repetitive and just lost my attention way too much for me to actually get through reading it I wanted to learn about the history of Christians, and the way society is affecting Christians today, giving many the label as Christian hipsters but unfortunately it was flat for me Maybe this book is for some, but I couldn t finish it, nor could I really tell you what I ve read so far.

  • Took me a while to finish this one, because I ended up savoring it in small chunks Brett McCracken sketches the history and implications of what he calls hipster christianity A self identified hipster, Brett has grown concerned about the movement, and so sets out to first accurately describe it, and then provide constructive criticism and evaluation The result is a remarkable, important, wonderful book about this growing movement of young Christians, a movement that is shattering denominational [...]

  • This book comes to me with two strong recommendations, and where I don t know the source of the first, subtitled The Frugal Collegians A huge number of Christian hipsters are college students or newly graduated wayfarers Birthed in vast quantity on the campuses of Christian colleges, these sorts of Christian hipsters embody that newbie, activist spirit of just now discovering that I can be Christian and care about the poor Because they are jobless or saddled with school loans, their hipster evol [...]

  • The collision of cool and Christianity Most would not think there would be enough material there to fill a book Or that said material could be intelligent, humorous, and thought provoking.Brett McCracken has proven most of us wrong with Hipster Christianity Brett does an excellent job of taking what could easily be a wholly tongue in cheek topic and turning it into something theologically deep and challenging While he seems to spend time forming and asking questions than answering them, the que [...]

  • meh I think anything self described as hipster, like anything self described as emo, suffers from the I just called myself a derogatory term and I can t redeem myself syndrome When everyone wants to be kinda hipstery but not really, then that doesn t leave for much to talk about without getting super meta.Backing up a bit, the book is about new younger movements in churches, which I do find interesting, and the book tells some interesting stories I didn t realize that Christian colleges were see [...]

  • Wow I didn t think I was going to like this book, but I really did Here is what I discovered 1 I am not a hipster Christian, whatever that is will never wear skinny jeans, and I think Obama is the WORST President of the modern age so those two things instantly disqualify me.2 I m completely ok with that Some great quotes from the book If it s 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 uncoo [...]

  • Reading this book was an interesting experience, because in many ways it felt like a walk through a museum of my own past A lot of what falls under McCracken s definition of hipster Christianity came from the focus on Gen X ministry when I was first entering into pastoring Which is to say in a way, that there are parts of this book that are already beginning to feel a bit dusty and or moldy, especially at first.But it does pick up as it moves along At its core, however, McCracken is dealing with [...]

  • In the youth campus ministry I used to be a part of, one of the things we placed emphasis on is relevance We wanted to be relevant to the students our ministry were catering to So in line with this, we put our focus on addressing the students felt needs heart matters was a top favorite , we adapted trends from pop culture, and we unconsciously made ourselves look cool.Observing the broader evangelical landscape, it appears that we re not just the ministry who is into cool and relevant Many churc [...]

  • Brett McCracken is obviously conflicted about being a hipster In the first part of the book, he traces the history of cool, laying out the thesis that hipsters have a long history of being the arbiters of good taste and the creators of culture Then he makes a 180 degree turn, and portrays hipsters as being shallow dilettantes in direct conflict with Christian values His knowledge of Church history seems to extend only to within his lifetime, as he completely neglects situations in which popular [...]

  • This was an informative read with some interesting points If churches are supposed to be spreading the gospel of Jesus, who was a rebel, can they also be obsessed with being cool or hip By visiting some hipster churches, writing about the history of cool and writing about his own personal experience as a writer editor hipster and Christian, Brett McCracken makes the case that churches should concern themselves with furthering the cause of Jesus first and being cool second I was a little uncomfor [...]

  • I was surprised by where this book ended up, especially as it s written by a self confessed Christian Hipster.I wanted to write that McCracken is skilled enough to not throw the baby out with the bathwater on this issue, but it s not quite true Instead he throws the bathwater out and refills the tub with fresh and pure water, substituting out idea of culturally cool relevant with the view that Christianity intrinsically, in and of itself is cool and needs not vainly pursue relevance and populari [...]

  • This book was an interesting and informative look at the hipster Christian movement The author is young, Christian, and seemingly hipster ish, thus the subject of his book His book is not an attempt to be preachy, rather it was an honest critical analysis of the balance of being cool and being Christian, and whether the two can coexist Although I am not the intended audience of the book, I found the author s earnest reflection on his faith to be refreshing and enlightening It was interesting to [...]

  • A thorough look at the concept of cool , hipster and implications for the church While written 7 years ago, it s a testament to the author and subject content that this book is still 100% relevant The sociologist in me reveled in the chapters describing the hipster subjects, both people and churches, and the detail was fascinating and entertaining The concluding chapters brought all the questions, confusions, themes and descriptions down to a few real core truths, leaving me with a greater sense [...]

  • This guy spent an amazingly large chunk of the book describing and defining a hipster but left the reader to piece together his definition of a Christian, a definition that, as best I can tell, is neo Calvinist and relatively narrow That s not to say that he didn t make a well researched argument, but he make a very specific argument under the guise of being much general Had I known what a small subset of Christians he was writing to before I started this book, I probably would have spent my ti [...]

  • This book, especially the second half, has a lot of great one liners and even two or three liners , such as, accusing something eternal of being behind the times is, of course, laughable Brett McCracken provided some food for thought, but he would have been better served writing blog entries As a full length book, Hipster Christianity is weak and flailing McCracken tries to cover too much ground, conflates various definitions of words key to his argument and makes huge, sweeping statements and g [...]

  • Excellent theological analysis of whether Christianity and cool can coexist Challenges churches desperate pursuit of cool and relevancy in an attempt to win converts Although the first half of the book examines specifically hipster ideas of cool, the second half of the book applies to broader, less time specific applications of the concept of being cool you could easily pick it up in the middle and not miss much if you don t care to read about hipster trends Every cool Christian should read this [...]

  • This was the first religious pop culture book I have ever read, and honestly one of the few books I have read regarding religion aside from religious texts I will start by saying I am not particularly prescribed to any religion, but I love reading about them and the communities they touch This book was very funny and really made me want to read books of this nature and actually opened me up to reading serious Christian lifestyle or pop books I apologize, I am not sure of the correct terminolog [...]

  • McCracken s book is packed with insight and he wields his pen with a certain wryness that fits the subject matter His honest appraisal of Hipster ism is less scientific and reflective His discussion of the intersection of cool and Christianity is a good start to a conversation which the Church needs to have with its members As a confessionally Reformed, twenty something reader, I would recommend this book to people like me and I d be fascinated to hear what others who are unlike me think about [...]

  • Very good book that tackles the subject of why 20 30 year olds are leaving the church, but not Christianity, and looking for something else better The author analyzes the root of the words hip and cool individually, then tries to figure out how they relate to Christianity I would suggest it to anybody that is looking for a church to call their own, but is also wondering what the role of a church should be in their lives.

  • McCracken s focus is not on hip Christians per se He is concerned with a particular manifestation of modern evangelicalism that overplays the cool card in seeking to appeal to the urban North American young while minimizing or abandoning traditional doctrinal stances and church practices.Within that focus, this book does well in identifying the problems with such an approach It is worth a read even if you have not encountered hipster Christians.

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