Trend Alert: Attack of the Christian Hipsters

By P.K. Lo
|  Monday, Jun 15, 2009  |  Updated 1:34 PM CDT
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Trend Alert: Attack of the Christian Hipsters

Christian hipsters like skateboarding, worshipping with candles and smoking lots of things.

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According to Brett McCracken, who maintains a blog called The Search, there's a new trend we didn't even know about. (We hate being the last to know!)

The trend: Christian Hipsters.

This new breed of 20-something blends everything that you love about hipsters and Christians.

In case you want to know more, McCracken is even writing a book about the curious phenom. In it he maps out the topography of  "cool Christianity" and runs down a handy list of Christian Hipster "Likes and Dislikes," and offers up an excerpt in this blog post.

So how can you spot a Christian Hipster -- or tell if you're one?

Here's a sampling of Christian Hipster Dislikes:

Megachurches; Pat Robertson and/or Jerry Falwell; Braveheart, The Passion, and Mel Gibson in general; The PAX Network; "Christian films (except ironically)"; Evangelism involving "sock puppets, ventriloquism, mimes"

…and their Likes:

Skateboarding; "Worshipping with candles"; The Pope; "Smoking a lot of different things"; Chuck Klosterman and/or David Sedaris; Piercings; Carrying flasks; Lent

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