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Brett McCracken’s new book, Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide, is now available.

Here’s the blurb I wrote for the book:

Whether you’re a Christian hipster (like Brett McCracken) or a hopeless nonhipster (like me), you’re in for some surprises with this book. It’s simultaneously more serious, more enjoyable, and more critical than you might think at first glance. Brett is able to put his finger on the pulse of hipster Christianity and yet point all of us back to the gloriously eternal and unchanging truth of the gospel. The result is an outstanding example of truth-in-love theological journalism.

Here is Scot McKnight’s take on it:

Brett McCracken courageously and accurately sketches the perennial temptation to sacrifice faithfulness on the altar of “cool.” Every pastor, youth pastor, college chaplain, and Christian college professor needs to sit down with Hipster Christianity, read it carefully, and take a good hard look at whether we are being faithful or being cool. The best example of generous orthodoxy I’ve seen yet.

You can read the introduction and first chapter online for free.

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8 thoughts on “Hipster Christianity”

  1. Ben Terry says:

    I’m in the middle of it right now. Was surprised by how much I’m enjoying it! Brett does a really great job in writing this book!

  2. Brett says:

    As a recent graduate of Wheaton College (McCraken is one as well), I can tell you that hipster Christianity is definitely en vogue on Christian college campuses these days. It seems to me to be most prevalent among people from Christian high schools whod who are caught up in the Christian subculture and want to be above it all.

    So many of us Christians in our 20s seem to be reacting against the “evangelical subculture” somehow– whether by going hipster, emergent, or new Calvinist. Hopefully this desire leads us to a more biblical faith, not just a more cool one.

  3. Dean P says:

    I finished “Hipster Christianity” about a week ago and I have to tell you it is a really great read. Not only is the analysis about hipsterdom and Christian hipsterdom thorough, but it is also extremely accurate and up to date (Well at least today it is). I should know sense I am a recovering hipster myself. That being said the most helpful as well as the most impactful part of this book for me was the last four chapters. In those chapters Mccracken really dissect “hipness” and “coo”l in light of historical orthodox Christianity. And with out giving anything away he really drops some hammers on Christian hipsters. Even though he claims to be one himself, which I’m not doubting but yet he is able to still bring them to task on some things. Suffice it all to say that I am really glad that I read this book at this particular time in my life now, and not a few years ago. I think that if I had read it then I think I would’ve thrown the book across the room and into the trash.

  4. This is the same dude who said “T4G, by contrast, was more like a club patting each other on the back for their mutual buttressing of the ‘unadjusted gospel’ against threats from various corners” to which Justin responded w/ this post about Matt Chandler:

    I’m sure the book is great, but that article had some pretty big weaknesses.

  5. Great picture! Would love to read the book. Is there any way to get a higher resolution of it so I can read comments on each picture?

  6. Looking at this poster, I have to confess two things.

    1. I hate hipsters with a passion.
    2. I think hipster girls are freakin’ hot.

    May God have mercy on my soul.

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