Let me be the billionth to point to the article the “Perils of Hipster Christianity.” Brett McCracken is right, of course.
And I would hope the fact that Mark Driscoll finds his name mentioned in his this article with such a lurid and explicit reference would be an outrage and embarrassment to all “conservative” evangelicals.
It is refreshing whenever we hear another voice saying what what I have been hearing some fundamentalists saying for ten years now. Trying to make Christianity hip is not only a lack of faith in the gospel, but blasphemes God and treats the one holy apostolic faith as relatively worthless. The devastating repercussions of Enlightenment (and post-Enlightenment) thought moved some Christians (especially beginning in the 19th century) to alter Christianity’s doctrines in order to make the religion more compatible with higher culture. This we call theological liberalism. Reacting in many respects to the same repercussions (though in a different arena), evangelicalism (including fundamentalism) has often evidenced a similar trend to make Christianity appealing to popular culture. I’m not sure how much further it can go down that track, as McCracken rightly points out.
Wannabe. That about sums it up in one word.
- Hipster Christianity (unreasonablefaith.com)
- “A Great Article On The Perils of “Wannabe Cool” Christianity” and related posts (puttingoutthefire.blogspot.com)
- Trying to make Christianity cool (geneveith.com)