Link to our dedicated 'Book Discussion' thread on Hipster Christianity.
Link to the website for McCracken's book, which comes out in August. (I will never, ever get used to this new vocabulary which says that a book "releases" in August. Uh, no, the book might be released by someone else, but the book itself isn't releasing anything.)
Try this online quiz. Caveat: it's intended for Evangelicals, so there will be questions that Catholics and Orthodox Christians can't answer. What's more, if you don't know the world of CCM, or the names of major contemporary Protestant pastors/authors are unknown to you (as they were to me), you'll be lost. Indeed, an Anglican friend who considers himself an Evangelical, and who put me onto the quiz, said he felt too constrained by some of the answers. . . .
I am still trying to figure out what it means that the Hawaiian shirt pastors are the "establishment" that self-styled Christian hipsters are rebelling against! To a traditional Christian -- Orthodox, Catholic or Reformed -- the idea that Rick Warren et alia represent a stuffy establishment is simply bizarre. But that's American Christianity; we contain multitudes. . . .
What's interesting to me, as a non-Evangelical, is that there is nothing particularly countercultural to be discerned about a Catholic or Orthodox Christian who drinks, or who is interested in Merton or Berry, or who finds "Mad Men" entertaining. Still, this is an interesting bit of cultural anthropology, insofar as Christian hipsterism, from an Evangelical perspective, appears to involve some dabbling into sacramental themes and tropes, and booze. I'd love to hear what my Evangelical readers think of it.
Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 26 August 2010 - 01:27 PM.