So I bought it.
And subsequently read it.
And now I'm reading it again.
Here are my thoughts.
Part 1 - Why Emerging Generations Are Changing
- I probably wouldn't like Christians if I weren't one
I guess we should face facts, kids - Christians don't have a great rep nowadays. It's not the same as what it was even as recently as thirty years ago, when most North Americans grew up in the church and those outside the church still respected the institution's beliefs. Ministers and pastors were highly regarded as honest, upstanding, ethical authorities.
Fast forward thirty years. To a period of time when young people are falling away from the church like never seen before. To a period of time when the emerging generation (Kimball uses this phrase alot to emcompass the 30 and under age bracket) has embraced a multi-faith, multi-cultural, do-your-own-thing North America. To a period of time when ministers and priests are being dragged to court in droves over charges of sexual abuse and fraud and other such extracurricular activities. To a period of time when the church is viewed as judgmental and negative, homophobic, politically-driven, arrogant, and oppressive towards women.
Fast forward to a generation that has rejected the church, and with good reason. Because to some extent, all of the above is true.
If I weren't a Christian, I probably wouldn't like us either.