Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide is a journalistic, in-depth exploration of the phenomenon of "cool Christianity" in the 21st century. More than just a surface description of an interesting new trend in Christianity, the book goes deep into the questions of what it means to be cool and what it means to be Christian. Are these competing aims? Why is the church today so preoccupied with being cool, fashionable, trendy, and relevant? Where does this phenomenon fit in to the larger narrative of "hip" and "Christian cool"? By exploring these questions through the lenses of their various contexts (politics, fashion, art, technology, etc) and theological/philosophical associations (postmodernism, emerging church, missional, etc), this book attempts to provide a thorough examination and nuanced critique of an increasingly prevalent but under-studied incarnation of contemporary Christianity: the Christian hipster.

 

 “Brett’s book is a like a PhD course in Christian hipness. Part textbook, part cry for what matters more than being cool, Brett has accomplished something long needed in Christianity.” 

 

-Jonathan Acuff, author of Stuff Christians Like

 

Brett McCracken is a Los Angeles-based writer and journalist. A graduate of Wheaton College and UCLA (Cinema and Media Studies), Brett currently works as managing editor for Biola University's Biola Magazine and is pursuing a Master's in Theology at Talbot School of Theology. He also regularly writes movie reviews and features for Christianity Today, as well as contributing frequently to Relevant magazine. He comments on movies, media, and popular culture issues at his blog, The Search.

 

Brett got the idea to write about this topic after witnessing the curiosity of "cool Christianity" firsthand through involvement with Relevant, education at a Christian college, and a childhood within the evangelical Christian subculture, where he observed a gradual shift away from the "stained glass and steeples" old guard of traditional Christianity to a more unorthodox, stylized 21st-century church. This raised questions in Brett's mind: What does it mean when Christianity becomes cool or strives to be fashionable? Are there inherent contradictions in the term "hipster Christianity?"

 

 Contact Brett at brett.mccracken@gmail.com.

 

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