Christian Hipsters

Definition of a Christian Hipster:

Christian hipsters like music, movies, and books that are well-respected by their respective artistic communities–Christian or not. They love books like Resident Aliens by Stanley Hauerwas and Will Willimon, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ron Sider, God’s Politics by Jim Wallis, and The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. They tend to be fans of any number of the following authors: Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, Wendell Berry, Thomas Merton, John Howard Yoder, Walter Brueggemann, N.T. Wright, Brennan Manning, Eugene Peterson, Anne Lamott, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Henri Nouwen, Soren Kierkegaard, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Annie Dillard, Marilynne Robison, Chuck Klosterman, David Sedaris, or anything ancient and/or philosophically important.

Christian hipsters love thinking and acting Catholic, even if they are thoroughly Protestant. They love the Pope, liturgy, incense, lectio divina, Lent, and timeless phrases like “Thanks be to God” or “Peace of Christ be with you.” They enjoy Eastern Orthodox churches and mysterious iconography, and they love the elaborate cathedrals of Europe (even if they are too museum-like for hipster tastes). Christian hipsters also love taking communion with real Port, and they don’t mind common cups. They love poetry readings, worshipping with candles, and smoking pipes while talking about God. Some of them like smoking a lot of different things.

Christian hipsters love breaking the taboos that used to be taboo for Christians. …

HT: Josh Reitano

  1. Some of those things apply to me. I like some of Hauerwas, like Flannery O’Connor, Wendell Berry is ok, haven’t read Yoder or Brueggeman, though I know Yoder was influential for Hauerwas. I like N.T. Wright, not a Brennan Manning fan, Lewis is good (obviously), Dillard and Robinson get thumbs up, Sedaris is funny . . .

    I’m not as into the Roman Catholic stuff as some guys, I guess . . . I think icons can be beautiful . . . don’t care about communion port, but I would smoke a pipe. Tobacco only.

    The title ‘hipster’ sounds derisive to me. What do you think?

    By the way, whoever compiled the list forgot to say anything about Sigur Ros.

  2. Michael,
    You completely just described yourself to “a T.” You are the Hipster King of Mt. Auburn. We should get you a fixed gear bicycle that you could park inside the Coffee Emporium.

    On the real, I think I’d like Yoder and Hauerwas a lot because of the non-violent beliefs. Boyd draws most of his teaching on non-violence from Yoder. The iconography is kinda cool(aside from the overly white Jesus) but I’m not a fan of borrowing Catholic traditions for what often seems like trying to be cool, vintage and high church. I completely ducked the Sojourn Ash Wednesday service because the original connection to Roman Catholic penance and the ashes on the head just seem weird to me.

  3. Josh

    Great to hear from ya, dude. To be honest, I had no idea what a hipster was or had even the term before moving here. John and Liz introduced me to the word.

    I actually looked up “hipster” on Wikipedia and just about laughed my head off. There’s a lot of hipsters around here….

    I don’t think Hipster is a pejorative term, though it may be. Like I said, this is a new concept to me, but an entertaining one…

  4. Ryan

    I don’t know if Mt. Auburn is really the hipster locale, its probably more of an OTR scene. I think I’ll take your Yoder books and beat you over the head with them. 🙂

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