What A New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity-- and Why It Matters

Book - 2012
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Christianity has an image problem. Christians are supposed to represent Christ to the world. But according to the latest report card, something has gone terribly wrong. Using descriptions like "hypocritical," "insensitive," and "judgmental," young Americans share an impression of Christians that's nothing short of . . . unChristian .

Groundbreaking research into the perceptions of people aged 16-29 reveals that Christians have taken several giant steps backward in one of their most important assignments. The surprising details of the study, commissioned by the Fermi Project and conducted by The Barna Group, are presented with uncompromising honesty in unChristian . Find out why these negative perceptions exist, learn how to reverse them in a Christlike manner, and discover practical examples of how Christians can positively contribute to culture.

Now available in trade paper.

Publisher: Grand Rapids : Baker Books, 2012, c2007.
ISBN: 9780801072710
Characteristics: 253 p. : ill.
Additional Contributors: Lyons, Gabe 1975-


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Jun 07, 2012

Based upon research by the head of the Barna Group, Unchristian examines the differences in attitudes toward some current social issues between older and young christians.<br /><br />Not surprising there is a great difference between the age groups. Younger christians are more influenced by the attitudes of society in general and their nonchristian firends in particular. In most cases the younger christian attitudes are nearly identical to society at large.<br /><br />While attitudes about abortion are most similar between the age groups, attitudes toward homosexuality are least alike..<br /><br />I stopped reading after a few chapters because the topical issues showed such similarity in responses and in treatment by the authors. In short, the authors suggest that christians will have more influence if they actively engage society by participating, and by showing more tolerance and understanding of pluralistic attitudes. the authors criticize traditional christians as hypocritical in the behavior towards personal sin and the sins of others.

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