Friday, June 20, 2008

Review of UnChristian: Reaction to it

(Part 3 in a series)

The book UnChristian was realized at the end of 2007, and it has already generated its a lot of attention.

The book has been noticed in the mainstream media. Here's an interview with Gabe Lyons on CNN news, which calls the book a "wake-up call to a lot of pastors around the country when they want to reach young people."





Throughout the blogsphere, writers have testified to its impact on them. It:
- is life changing.
- has caused them lose sleep.
- is a wake-up call to Christians.
- is a prophetic call to the church.
- causes self-examination.
- is provocative and impressive
- is challenging

Why, the book even has its own website now.

Given the amount of attention that it has garnered, it's worth asking if it's right? Does Christianity have an image problem with non-believers?

Next: What works well

2 comments:

shrinkingisaac said...

"Given the amount of attention that it has garnered, it's worth asking if it's right? Does Christianity have an image problem with non-believers?"

Questions worth asking. But i would alter it slightly, and remove "with non-believers" from the end of it. That's an interesting question...but i think there is something to be said for the same amongst believers too.

Unsolicited $0.02

Ben Dubow said...

LOL... my general response to the book was "yes, obviously..." Anecdotally, as a pastor, pretty much it seems all true.

It has been interesting to reflect on, since our church is 60% under 30... what works? what doesn't?

While less "research based", I actually think Dan Kimball's book "They Like Jesus But not the Church" is better -- more story and narrative, but I think also more nuanced and helpful.