I’m currently reading Hipster Christianity by Brett McCracken which –so far– has been a thoroughgoing and thoughtful trek through the origins and significance of ‘Christian Hipsterdom‘. Over the course of the last few days, I’ve made my way through the first two sections, which have covered the history and meaning of the concept ‘cool’ and that of cool Christianity respectively, and I’m soon to make my way out into testy waters of the final section, which seems to be a judgment –so to speak– of both the benefits and detriments of ‘hipness’ in the Church, hopefully offering suggestive whispers of “a way forward” and whatnot.
Up to this point, I’ve enjoyed the book. I’ve found myself audibly laughing [mockingly?] about some of what I’ve read only to then be insightfully delighted by other portions. I’m trying to read as objectively as possible, which –as always– is proving to be an impossibly difficult [though nobly beneficent] task when grappling with a concept about which one holds personal opinions. All in all, however, this book is proving –so far– to be helpful, insightful, challenging, encouraging, and so much more. Will you like it? Perhaps. Will you be annoyed by it? Perhaps. Do I recommend it? Indeed.
In sum, I’m personally working through the following thoughts, some of which are directly attributable to the epically-named McCracken, others of which are perhaps only logically consequential, though that’s probably debatable:
- Coolness is dependent upon uniqueness.
- The search for ‘coolness’ is a constant search for being non-derivative.
- Almost everything is necessarily derivative, for everything under the sun is logically dependent.
- One could make the case that only God is, therefore, cool, for only God is logically independent and therefore non-derivative.
- However, if God is trinity [And He is!] and if the Son is begotten of and the Spirit proceeds from the Father [And They are/do!] and if the Father is the Fount of Deity [And He is!], then it seems incumbent to recognize that the first Person of the Blessed and Holy Trinity is the most cool — all other coolness being howsoever derivative [really?!] of His soley-original coolness.
- And yet, all things bear within themselves the potentiality of coolness insofar as all things are uniquely themselves. For example, the Son is neither the Father nor the Spirit, nor is there any other eternally-begotten of the Father [Before all worlds!]. The case can then be made that the Son is also truly and uniquely cool [redundant perchance?].
- Coolness is indeed a difficult [and profound?] subject, inherently and –therefore– inevitably filled with qualifications and exceptions.
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