- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books; 1st Edition edition (October 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780801013003
- ISBN-13: 978-0801013003
- ASIN: 0801013003
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 289 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity... and Why It Matters Hardcover – October 1, 2007
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Starred Review. Kinnaman, president of the Barna Institute, was inspired to write this book when Lyons (of the Fermi Project) commissioned him to do extensive research on what young Americans think about Christianity. Lyons had a gut-level sense that something was desperately wrong, and three years of research paints exactly that picture. Mosaics and Busters (the generations that include late teens to early 30-somethings) believe Christians are judgmental, antihomosexual, hypocritical, too political and sheltered. Rather than simply try to do a PR face-lift, Kinnaman looks at ways in which churches' activities actually may have been unchristian and encourages a return to a more biblical Christianity, a faith that not only focuses on holiness but also loves, accepts and works to understand the world around it. It would be possible to get lost in the numbers, but the authors use numerous illustrations from their research and life experiences and include insights at the end of every chapter from Christian leaders like Charles Colson, John Stott, Brian McLaren and Jim Wallis. This is a wonderful, thoughtful book that conveys difficult truths in a spirit of humility. Every Christian should read this, and it will likely influence churches for years to come. (Oct.)
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"This is a wonderful, thoughtful book that conveys difficult truths in a spirit of humility. Every Christian should read this, and it will likely influence the church for years to come."--Publisher's Weekly --Publisher's Weekly, starred review
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In Unchristian, Kinnaman investigates the 16-29 year Olds perception of Christians. First he analyzes Barna research and statistics, and then he discusses why it matters. The responses are not flattering. Words like anti-homosexual, judgmental, hypocritical, and too political are among the recurring themes from those interviewed.
"What are Christians known for? Outsiders think our moralizing, our condemnations, and our attempts to draw boundaries around everything. Even if these standards are accurate and biblical, they seem to be all we have to offer. And our lives are a poor advertisement for the standards. We have set the gameboard to register lifestyle points; then we are surprised to be trapped by our mistakes. The truth is we have invited the hypocrite image." - David Kinnaman.
Unchristian challenges us to live lives that reflect Christ, to humble ourselves, and consider how we live our lives can be a road block to others developing a relationship with the a loving God.
"When outsiders claim that we are unchristian, it is a reflection of this jumbled (and predominately negative) set of perceptions. When they see Christians not acting like Jesus, they quickly conclude that the group deserves an unchristian label. Like a corrupted computer file or a bad photocopy, Christianity, they say, is no longer in pure form, and so they reject it. One quarter of outsiders say therefore most perception of Christianity is that the faith has changed for the worse. It has gotten off-track and is not what Christ intended. Modern-day Christianity no longer seems Christian." - David Kinnaman
Unchristian challenges each of us and the church to carefully examine how we are representing Christ in our everyday lives. It is disturbing, challenging, and thought provoking. I highly recommend it for both individual reading as well as group study.
The book demonstrates that each generation has new challenges when it comes to Christianity and that all Christians should ask do I know Jesus? What would He do? What is the Christian message and do I personifi it?
Very excellent book and I'm reading another book that was quoted in UnChristian; "How Now Shall We Live".
I am a degreed sociologist who greatly appreciates the research that went into this book. Am also a Christian. My 20 year old son is taking a class at church where this book is being used. So when he started to read it, I got a copy to read.
The points of this book are so important and the people who need to read it the most, need the bottom lines of this book plain and simple. Some places this happens, and other places it seems to get lost in too many words and too many numbers for the point it is trying to make.
I'm very glad that the contents of this book is being discussed at our church. I also hope that another book is written more along the lines that I am suggesting. Thank you for taking on the challenge of these very points made in the book, If we Christians don't take it seriously, our faith is going to warp into something we don't want to see happen.