unChristian by David Kinnaman
What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity... and Why It Matters

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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 sixteen- to twenty-nine-year-olds reveals that Christians have taken several giant steps backward in one of their most important assignments. The surprising details of the study, commissioned by 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.

unChristian also includes forward-looking insights from respected Christian leaders, adding their assessment of the problems and their thoughts about how Christians should respond. Exclusive contributions from:

Mark Batterson
Chuck Colson
Andy Crouch
Sarah Cunningham
Margaret Feinberg
Jonalyn Fincher
Mike Foster
Dave Gibbons
Louie Giglio
Gary Haugen
Jeff Johnson
Reggie Joiner
Kevin Kelly
Dan Kimball
Michael Lindsay
Rick McKinley
Brian McLaren
Kevin Palau
Tri Robinson
Mark Rodgers
Jannah Scott
Chris Seay
Andy Stanley
John Stott
Jim Wallis
Rick Warren
Shayne Wheeler
Jim White
Jud Wilhite

About David Kinnaman

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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. David and his wife Jill have three children and live in Ventura, California.Gabe Lyons founded Fermi Project, a broad collective of innovators, social entrepreneurs, and church and society leaders working together to make positive contributions to culture (www.fermiproject.com). 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, Georgia.To meet the contributors and learn more about this book and the conversations it is creating, visit www.unchristian.com.This work was commissioned by Fermi Project.
Published October 1, 2007 by Baker Books. 257 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Young Adult, History. Non-fiction

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Kinnaman, president of the Barna Institute, was inspired to write this book when Lyons (of the Fermi Project) commissioned him to do extensive research on what young Americans think about Christianity.

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Eight out of ten students participate in church during their teenage years, but most of them will take a permanent detour form active faith at some point soon after they get their driver’s licenses.

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We shouldn’t demand (covertly or otherwise) that people be “cookie cutter” copies of the ideal church member (whether the ideal church member that this article scolds, or the ideal church member that this article promotes) before they join the church.

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