Christian Hipsters and "White In-Flight"

6-24-2010

Over at World Magazine, Anthony Bradley--associate professor of theology and ethics at NYC's King's College and a research fellow at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty--penned a provocative article analyzing the differences (or, rather, the similarities) between suburban evangelical "white flight" and hipster evangelical "white in-flight." The issues of race and class are, of course, huge in this whole discussion, and I'm glad to see Bradley--who has been a gracious advocate of the book and an official endorser of it--writing articles like this.

You should read the whole thing, but here is a brief excerpt: 

White flight churches served as a refuge for the middle class. White in-flight churches are destinations for formerly suburban young evangelicals fleeing Wal-Mart and Target country only to bring Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, organic coffee shops, and organic grocery stores to “da hood.” They are also middle class. White in-flight Christians move into black and Latino neighbors, and instead of joining churches that are already there, hipsters plant churches—for “theological” reasons—for people who are just as cool as they are.