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[PDF] ✪ unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity and Why It Matters By David Kinnaman – Transportjobsite.co.uk chapter 1 unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity and Why It Matters, meaning unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity and Why It Matters, genre unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity and Why It Matters, book cover unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity and Why It Matters, flies unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity and Why It Matters, unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity and Why It Matters 0514b175c2958 David Kinnaman Is President Of The Barna Group, Which Provides Research And Resources That Facilitate Spiritual Transformation In People S Lives Since Joining Barna In , David Has Designed And Analyzed Nearly Five Hundred Studies For A Variety Of Churches, Nonprofits, And Corporations He And George Barna Write A Free Research Report Published Online At Barna David And His Wife Jill Have Three Children And Live In Ventura, CaliforniaGabe Lyons Founded Fermi Project, A Broad Collective Of Innovators, Social Entrepreneurs, And Church And Society Leaders Working Together To Make Positive Contributions To Culture Fermiproject Prior To Fermi Project, Gabe Cofounded Catalyst, A National Gathering Of Young Leaders, While Serving As Vice President For John Maxwell S INJOY Organization Gabe, His Wife Rebekah, And Their Three Children Reside In Atlanta, GeorgiaTo Meet The Contributors And Learn About This Book And The Conversations It Is Creating, Visit UnchristianThis Work Was Commissioned By Fermi ProjectThe New Testament Writer Paul Told The First Century Christians You Yourselves Are Our Letter Known And Read By Everybody When A Person Reads Your Life, What Does It Say What Does Your Faith Look Like To Outsiders A Major New Research Project, Unveiled For The First Time In This Book, Describes The Increasingly Negative Reputation Of Christians, Especially Among Young AmericansThe Research Shows That Christians Are Best Known For What They Are Against They Are Perceived As Being Judgmental, Antihomosexual, And Too Political And Young People Are Quick To Point Out They Believe That Christianity Is No Longer As Jesus Intended It Is UnChristianIt Shouldn T Be This WayWhat Christians Believe May Not Be Popular, But Paul Also Advised The First Believers To Live Wisely Among Those Who Are Not Christians And To Let Your Conversation Be Gracious And Effective In This Eye Opening Book, David Kinnaman And Gabe Lyons Along With Than Two Dozen Leading Voices Within Christianity Unpack The Major Criticisms Leveled Against Christians Understand Why Those Negative Images Exist And How You Can Best Represent Jesus To Your Friends, Neighbors, And Co WorkersYour Life Is An Open Book Is It UnChristian

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  1. says:

    I dunno, dawg, this book was all over the place for me to coin a Randy Jackson ism I wasn t really feelin it toward the end, and it got a little pitchy in the middle, around the whole homosexuality part I dunno Paula There Now I am HIP and WITH IT and MEDIA SAVVY and CREATIVE and TUNED IN Maybe now outsiders my age will be drawn to the Christian faith as though by a magnet Alas it s not so simple, and I would caution anyone from taking the research or conclusions in this book as definitive Their polls found some dramatic numbers, true, but for me a big red flag was raised when they revealed just how dramatically the current numbers differ from their own 1995 numbers Not to mention, I happened to notice that their survey results on the attitudes of young Americans towards Christianity were much dire sounding than other surveys I have seen from other news sources To me this says re examine your methodology and sample for possible biases and confounds and re do the study Not publish a book decrying how horrible everything has suddenly and inexplicably gotten Dramatic changes in attitudes can happen in 10 years, sure, but they are rare and must be carefully appraised before we start running around trying to decide what to do about the putative crisis Kinnaman however takes the numbers at face value, and pelts them at you again and again Young people nicknamed as busters that s me, high school class of 1998 and mosaics that apparently includes everyone from my little brother to my kids think that Christianity is full of it That we re hypocrites, and boring and out of it and archaic and homophobic and sin of all sins in this postmodernist postethics moral relativistic world we re judgemental We re just uncool, man, face it We probably smell bad and wear coke bottle glasses and can t get anyone to take us to the prom, also I m actually rather certain that the Baby Boomers who file in and make up the majority of every mainline Protestant church I have visited said the same things back in about 1971, no And they had their fun with the guitars and flowers in the pews and suddenly now they re putting checks in the plate to fund Bach Cantata night To use the jargon of social research, I m not entirely sure that Kinnaman is right in identifying these dire numbers as being a cohort effect, that is, a true trait of an entire generation, shaped by the environment in which they were raised I think he may be seeing a transient effect based on newly protracted adolescence and its attendant rebellion Overprotected and coddled, today s high school graduates live out their adolescence from 18 35 in many ways The 28 year old of today may well be like the 18 year old of 1968.Having said that, Kinnaman is right that some of the blame can be placed on the shoulders of Christians and Christian institutions It is right to see where we have come up short, and how we could better serve our most important missions and directives That would be, by the way, the Gospel I am of the opinion that if we stay true to that course, young people will eventually come to us Kinnaman feels the same, it seems, but he s a lot freaked out about it and offers all kinds of frantic ideas on how to polish our brand image as it were Some of these are good, some of these are not so good, but the overall tone of panic and hysteria, not to mention the constant belting of statistics, makes it hard to discern.While I take seriously charges of hypocrisy and prejudice, I find it hard to take as seriously complaints about being boring and too set apart It is not the job of serious people of faith to entertain and fit in And then on the other hand, Kinnaman charges that we are also too conformist This is what comes of trying to stay with the trends confusion, chaos, and loss of one s direction I found the young outsiders as he calls them to sometimes have good points, but sometimes as well to be vapid, shallow, and judgemental and narrow minded in their own ways There is a case to be made that the church would do better to stay put and wait for these folks to eventually hit the shallow bottom of popular culture and come to us looking for something steadier and deeper Usually about the time they start either having kids or realizing they will one day pass away The biggest flaw with the book, however, was its neglect to mention the effects of the media The media is all about splashy headlines, so the most outre and ridiculous specimens of any group including both Christians and secular young people are the ones that get reported upon This distorts our opinions of one another considerably, and it was easy to see that many of the statistics reflected opinions based on media exposure rather than exposure to an actual church or Christians Once again I was confirmed in my belief that one of the single most important things a parent can teach a child these days is how to debunk and disbelieve media hype and reports Kinnaman would do well to examine this question, perhaps in another book.

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    I picked up this book on a whim and almost tossed it aside when I realized it wasn t going to be about what I thought it was going to be about But something made me read the first sentence Christianity has an image problem and that surely caught my attention The book is written by an evangelical Christian and has several sections of text written by active Christians The discussion primarily centers around research conducted over a three year period dissecting views of Christians Christianity held by outsiders of various age groups Through this research, the author discovered that not only are Christians perceived negatively hypocritical, antihomosexual, insensitive, intolerant,judgmental, hyperpolitical, etc but that the negative perception increases as the age range of the group decreases The purpose of the book is to sound the alarm to Christians about how they are perceived and to offer suggestions on how to improve their image The concern, of course, is that Christianity is losing its following, particularly among young people It was refreshing to see that the author agrees with the idea that Christians have moved far away from the behavior and world perspective advocated by Christ However, he doesn t quite take his argument far enough in explaining exactly how Christians could advocate for their own political interests which he does support while appearing non judgmental, loving, and tolerant Evangelical politically active Christians are always against things, putting them squarely in the GOP If they were to politically advocate for the loving side of Christianity charity, tolerance, others before self that would put them on the other side of the aisle politically I m intrigued by the idea that in order to follow this gentleman s advice, the Democratic party would be inundated with born again Christians.A thought provoking book thoroughly enjoyed by this outsider, who shares many of the perceptions illustrated by the study.

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    Okay here s the rub, this is a really challenging book, it attacks the idea of what people think of Christianity and shows it in black and white graphs Its a sobering book, in a lot of ways Christian s have messed up so bad that you get through each chapter thinking, it can t recover no one will ever take Christianity seriously ever again.I think it should be required reading for ever person who claims to be a Christian, and for every person who knows someone claiming to be a Christian.Cause it challenges the Christian, and it most likely acknowledges the opinions of those who see the church through its followers.

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    Oooh Shocking.Non Christians have negative views of Christians We re not the majority Ahhhhh Oh yeah I almost forgot That s what I think about American Evangelicals, too.Seriously, this book is a good wake up call for Christians to stop majoring in the minors and actually start living in a way worthy to be called Christian.I like the fact that with every negative attitude, there is a positive response or way out of the present predicament It s not only tearing things down, it s actually building things up, too.

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    Once again, I ve found a book about which I have deeply divided feelings The research done by the Barna Institute about the attitudes of Busters and Millennials toward the Church is deeply important The fact that so many of the next generations see Christians as having abandoned the teachings of Jesus is disturbing and that they presume that all Christians are out of touch, hypocritical, homophobic and mean spirited is even so The chapters that disclose these attitudes are an important read for any Christian.Less valuable are the chapters in which David Kinnaman draws his conclusions on ways to counteract these negative impressions His advice is the ecclesiological equivalent of putting lipstick on a pig In some chapters, he seems only to be saying, Outsiders just don t understand us we ve got to do a better job of telling our story In the chapter on homophobia, he resorts to the discredited philosophy of hate the sin, love the sinner There is no bold vision in Kinnaman s recommendations no sense of true reform.I ended up skipping whole chapters of this book and skimming others I d recommend finding articles online that detail the findings of Barna s research and passing on Mr Kinnaman s 1950s with a veneer of 2007 style of evangelism.

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    Arrogance is perhaps the most socially acceptable form of sin in the church today We don t see it, but outsiders can sense it This book wasn t written TO me It was written ABOUT me As a Christian Pastor who tends to agree with Christianity s critics than the two cheerleaders, I found myself saying yeah, no duh a little too often I felt like I could have recited this book from memory without having read it Because of that, it felt a little flat I guess reading your own biography isn t always the most exiting way to spend your afternoon Nevertheless, I m grateful this type of research exists and I sincerely hope these ideas will become the norm in the evangelical world.

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    This is a book about Christianity in America today The authors opinions have been formed by research, not vague feelings or hunches I would recommend this book to Christians first, then anyone else interested in american sub cultures and their perceptions of other groups and vice versa The research findings in this book are a solid reminder that Jesus is recored as saying that the whole law and prophets hang on and point to the principle of loving God and other people If you don t do those two things, then your opinions about baptism, church finance, worship style , church size, inter faith relations, the ultimate fate of non believers , biblical authority, etc simply add to the divisive and destructive us them, who s in who s out noise in our world Strange abstract doctrinal differences like chosen method of baptism or interpretation of the apocalyptic book Revelation are enough to forever separate Christians from each other, never mind the wide chasm it places between Christians and the rest of the world This book is a call to return to what matters There are several major criticisms of the American church in this book written by a conservative evangelical The courageous way to read this book is to take each criticism personally Instead of complaining about how THEY are so judgemental, or how THEY are so caught in their protective bubbles, or how THEY are so smug and unquestioning in their philosophies and ideaologies, one should read this book and question themselves How are we devisive How do we get caught up on abstract principles that dont matter How do we miss the point To be human means to develop, and to constantly move towards a fuller and wider understanding This means that there is always personal work to do If every Christian in America read this book with that attitude the baptists might talk with the universalists every once in a while The Catholics might visit with the Episcopals often Christians might strike conversations with non believers with the hope of learning something FROM them, rather than the hope of teaching something TO them Christians might remember that they are part of a bigger body called HUMANITY Maybe as HUMANS we d be able to focus on what unifies us rather than what divides O that eternal protestant problem of division

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    I pretty much figured that this book was going to be yet another review of the issues that non Christians have with Christians Not a shocking read most of it just recaps all the reasons I d left the church in the first place because it comes off as hypocritical, judgmental, obnoxious, and completely intolerant of any view other than it s own even just for discussion What bothered me the most about this book though was how dry it was It was like reading the research papers my classmates and I had to put together for our class on Qualitative and Quantitative Social Research Dry, dry, dry I d like to add in my own two cents here EVERYONE Christians AND non Christians alike need to realize that and I m gonna steal a quote here the church is not a museum for saints it is a hospital for sinners Preach less, listen , and try to live by example Saying over and over and over again how things are supposed to be and why you pointing finger are wrong, and then doing the exact same thing or something worse just builds this wall of hypocrisy which separates everyone from the truth of Jesus message Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own How can you say to your brother, Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye, when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother s eye Luke 6 41 42

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    This book challenged me, ruffled my feathers, and inspired me But, unfortunately, I wasn t all that surprised by the perceptions of Christians that were expressed In fact, I found myself agreeing with the outsiders viewpoints, a lot.The biggest challenge put to me, I think, was the reminder that Christians don t have to like or agree with those perceptions there were other times I found myself disagreeing with the perception or saying things like but that s just because you don t know where Christians are coming from but that s EXACTLY the point.Christians have to start reaching outsiders where they re at, whether their perceptions are valid and real or not Someone s false perception of Christianity is no reason to discount their value to Christ s kingdom.My eyes were opened wide by this book Real food for thought.

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    Kinnaman s book shines a light onto the state of evangelicals in the US The book was written in 2007 after 3 years of research It reads like a prophetic message to evangelicals many of whom ignored his message when it was written.I m dismayed at the number of negative comments I have read about this book The Christian church in the 21st century is highly prejudiced and closed minded but doesn t want to admit that it is This attitude was not justifiable when America was a Christian majority, and it is absolutely not justifiable now.I really liked this book It echoes GK Chesterton s reply to a newspaper question, What s wrong with the world He reputedly answered I am If Christians would take this approach, that would be a big first step in regaining credibility.

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