Monday, October 11, 2010

Not exactly the Arian controversy

Over at several blogs, the "future of Evangelicalism," as they like to think of themselves, is debating who and what counts as a "hipster" and whether it matters or not. See here, here, here, and here. My own sense is that if the past is any guide, today's "hipster" is destined to become retro-humor. This means that Brian McLaren, for example, is just Henry Emerson Fosdick who listens to Steely Dan on his iPod. He's rougly a decade away from becoming the ecclesial equivalent of another victim of a bad 8-track album cover photo-op. Eternal truths don't go well with polyester, Che t-shirts, or even vinyl. Consider these examples:

[caption id="attachment_135" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Evangelical Hipster "band" circa 1962"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_141" align="alignright" width="231" caption="Christian Hipster "mag" circa 1968"][/caption]

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