UnChristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons
UnChristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons is an informative and enlightening book. It includes a variety of polling data, separated by generations, with questions focused on religion and Christianity. Topics discussed include stereotypical characteristics of Christians, such as being hypocritical, homosexuality, politics, and being judgmental. The authors don’t just stick to facts and interpretations of the polling data, but they share their opinions as well.
One particularly enlightening description from the book is regarding the percentage of what they call “evangelicals” who have a true Biblical worldview. The authors describe 9 characteristics of an evangelical Christian, and polling data indicates a very low percentage of the population holds these values and beliefs.
An interesting aspect of the book is that at the end of each chapter, there are brief reactions and comments by a variety of authors and pastors, some of whom could be described as having questionable interpretations of the Bible. This is ironic since the authors state that “some Christians respond to outsiders’ negativity by promoting a less offensive faith” and the some comments found at the end of the chapters are from the pastors and authors who promote a less offensive faith!
In summary, the polling data points are interesting, some of the recommendations are challenging, but the opinions should be evaluated against the principles of the Bible.