March 17, 2011

The Next Christians: A Pre-Emptive Book Review

I just started reading, "Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America" by Gabe Lyons this week. Had heard a lot of good things. But not super excited about it.

Then, in the first chapter, in a single paragraph, he thin-sliced me. Talked about how 20-somethings have no trust in authority. How Bill Clinton was the first president we remember. And we remember him as an unfaithful liar. How our Great War is the Iraq War, one which we feel largely duped and heavily deceived about.

Enron. Mortgage-backed securities. Everything around us our entire lives has told us, "Don't trust authority, because they can not be trusted."

And my jaw dropped. Why? I don't know. Perhaps because I created an entire website trying to convince people of the total depravity of man.This whole time, I thought my libertarian conclusions were a result of my own intellectual superiority and search for truth. But Lyons claims it simply because I'm in my 20s and I'm a product of my environment.

I'm hooked. And I'll be sure and tell you if it holds up.