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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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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.
There were quite a few pages that overly reiterated previously discussed material. Although I was already aware of much of the material, it was good, although sad, to read the statistics. I really appreciated the chapter that addressed Christians' reactions to people who practice homosexuality. Hooray for his courage to address that judgment we feel justified in!
Less than half-way through the book I found myself thinking, "I know that, and I know that too," so I skipped to the back of the book to find solutions to the problems in Christian behavior. I expected more solutions to be expounded. That is the only weakness in the book, from my perspective.
I do recommend this book as a good explanation for our changing society and general loss of interest in the Bible, church, and most spiritual matters.