unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity... and Why It Matters
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 1995, 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 www.barna.org....more
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 defi ...more
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/Christi ...more
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 ...more
This book wasn't written TO me. It was written ABOUT me.
As a Christian Pastor who tends to agree with Christianity's critics more 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 biograph ...more
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 whe ...more
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, ...more
The author accurately assessed that the public, especially young adults, view Christianity as hypocritical, conversion-obsessed, anti-gay, sheltered, extremely political, and judgemental. Instead of renouncing the theologies and beliefs that led to this, repenting and asking the public fo ...more
The data showed trends of how Christians are viewed, and a chapter is given to each (hypocritical, obsessed with quantity of conversions, antihomosexual, shel ...more
Before I explain why I thought this book was awful, I should give some background as to who I am so that my perspective is at least fair.
The book claims to analyze t ...more
By David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2007
I would rank this book among the five most important books I have read in the past ten years. I cannot stop thinking about the implications of it. The authors compel me to re-examine my life in light of God’s word and the proposals in the pages of UN christian.
David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, uses survey data to show us what American Christianity looks like to those who are outside our churches. ...more
The back cover tells us that "Christianity has an image problem", within the pages we learn that problem primarily consists of being seen by those on the outside as anti-homosexual, judgmental, and hypocritical. Other issues included being seen as old-fa ...more
UnChristian focuses on data collected by the Barnum Group, which to my understanding collects statistical data on various groups of people for to aid churches. The book focuses on the beliefs of individuals between the ages of 16-29, particularly the way that non-Christian individuals in that a ...more
Anecdotally, I come from what Kinnaman would call a nonChurched background—I picked up my faith in high school, and it lit fire completely as I grew in college, where I'm at now. I am, by all marks, an "evangelical Biblical fundamentalist" (fancy ...more
"UnChristian" focuses on the way non-Christians perceive Christianity, Christians, and churches. It certainly touches on perceptions of religion in general, but it stays true to the Barna Group's focus on the way Christians and the culture interact. You may hate what people say about Christians, but you need to know what is on their minds. You may take offense at people who take offense at the way your church worships God, but you need to know what vis ...more
Every church leader should read this book. Especially those that intend to work closely with outsiders such as college ministries, parachurch, and missionaries.
What I appreciate is that this book goes beyond criticism to practical suggestions. It is not afraid to describe the brevity of the si ...more
Hypocritical. Antihomosexual. Sheltered. Too Political. Judgmental. These are the words most-often used by non-Christians to describe present-day Christianity. And honestly, let's face it. In many ways we are guilty as charged! Instead of a Church known for our love (as an extension of the love of Christ), we're known for being self-righteous and outspoken about all the things we' ...more