Stuff evangelical hipsters like

The author of the blog (and book) Hipster Christianity asks:

How many of these 50 books have you read? If you’ve read more than 20 of them, there is a good chance that you are a Christian with artistic or intellectual tendencies. If you’ve read more than 30 of them, you are most likely a Christian hipster. If you’ve read more than 40 of them, let me know. You could probably write the sequel to Hipster Christianity.

Here’s his list, with the ones I’ve read in bold. Best as I can tell, a true hipster Christian must also be an ex- (or current?) evangelical. I like to think that I have artistic or intellectual tendencies (pretensions?), but I only racked up 15 14 books. I would’ve done better if his Dostoevsky choice was The Brothers Karamazov, the Faulkner was The Sound and the Fury, and Steinbeck was The Grapes of Wrath. What makes these particularly un-hip? Too obvious? Also, what makes King Lear the Christian hipster play par excellence??

Augustine – Confessions
C.S. Lewis – Till We Have Faces
Walker Percy – The Moviegoer

Dorothy Sayers – The Mind of the Maker
G.K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy
George MacDonald – Phantastes
Evelyn Underhill – Mysticism
Terry Eagleton – After Theory
Jean-Paul Sarte – Being and Nothingness

Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings
Annie Dillard – Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Donald Miller – Blue Like Jazz
Kathleen Norris – Acedia & Me
Marilynne Robinson – Gilead
Shushako Endo- Silence
George Steiner – Real Presences
William Shakespeare- King Lear
Anne Lamott – Traveling Mercies
Plato – The Republic
Jacques Ellul – The Technological Society
Flannery O’Connor – Wise Blood
Chuck Klosterman – Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs [I mis-remembered the Klosterman book I read, which of course was Fargo Rock City.]
Dave Eggers – A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Martin Buber – I and Thou
Neil Postman – Amusing Ourselves to Death
Lauren Winner – Real Sex
Douglas Coupland – Life After God
Tim Keller – The Reason For God
N.T. Wright – Surprised by Hope
Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Crime and Punishment
A.W. Tozer – The Knowledge of the Holy
Henri Nouwen – The Return of the Prodigal Son
Dietrich Bonhoeffer – The Cost of Discipleship
Jack Kerouac – On the Road
John Steinbeck – East of Eden
Jean Baudrillard – Simulacra and Simulation
Rob Bell – Velvet Elvis
William P. Young – The Shack
Shane Claiborne – The Irresistible Revolution
Thomas a Kempis – The Imitation of Christ
Dallas Willard – The Divine Conspiracy
Eugene Peterson – The Message
Paul Tillich – The Courage To Be
Francis Collins – The Language of God
J.I. Packer – Knowing God
Andy Crouch – Culture Making
Madeline L’Engle – Walking on Water
Mark Noll – The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind
Jim Wallis – God’s Politics
William Faulkner – As I Lay Dying

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3 thoughts on “Stuff evangelical hipsters like

  1. I’m 14 or 15, too (I can’t recall if I’m remembering the right L’Engle book). There are one or two that I’ve been meaning to get around to — Shusako Endo’s Silence is supposed to be very good — but there are also several in which I have no real interest whatsoever.

  2. I actually have Endo’s book on my shelf but haven’t gotten to it yet.

    Most of the books on the list that I’m not interested seem to be precisely those that specific to evangelicalism (Miller, Bell). I of course feel duty-bound to at some point read the Imitation and Crime and Punishment.

  3. I’ve read 2/3 of Crime and Punishment–twice. Does that count?

    Silence is on the Church History II reading list here at Union Presbyterian Seminary.

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