The recent Christian hipster like/don’t like list seems to hit close to home for many of us, especially me. However, to my mind the list may be a bit flawed in that it pretty much includes any Christian under 35 who isn’t a party line conservative evangelical. Not being a standard evangelical should hardly relegate you to the status of Christian hipster. And there’s a few things that are noticeably left out, which are, too my mind pretty quintessential to the definition of Christian hipsterhood.
One of these is dress. How one dresses is perhaps the most fundamental feature of being a Christian hipster. The author makes reference to “dressing a little goth”, but this is just innacurate. Christian hipsters in particualr belie this description. The order of the day is tight, expensive jeans, huge and odd sunglasses, non-perscprition eyeglasses, discheveled hair, a variety of sweaters and tight t-shirts, all that hopefully give the appearance of originating from a thrift store.
Also, I would hope that anyone who would love Hauerwas and Willimon’s Resident Aliens would completely hate God’s Politics, which is an utter peice of old-school theological liberal sentimentality combined with politically progressive rhtetoric. And I’ve never ever met a Christian hipster who’s a fan of Teilhard de Chardin. Reading someone like that is just too much work for a Christian hipster. To be a Christian hipster you kind of have to have read Blue Like Jazz and pretty much nothing else, and think that this one book by Don Miller encapsulates the truth of your Christian existence.
So at any rate, I can’t help but wonder if this list really shows us, not what Christian hipsters look like, but what nearly all young non-conservative evangelicals look like. Which isn’t to say it isn’t still a somewhat arresting list, just that it is really about a much wider group than it purports to be.