I am Idealistic about Andrew Byers’ Cynicism

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He was a hardened cynic

This is going to be a great book, my friends,

The most cynical people in our society toward Christianity and the church are not just polemical atheists and secular academics. They are also Christians: pastors, seminary students, godly homemakers, and Bible-studying business leaders. Within the ranks of the church there seems to be a growing number who are disenchanted with Christianity and disgruntled with their faith communities. For many young believers, including evangelicals, cynicism is becoming characteristic of a hip new way to be “spiritual.” Disillusionment with God and the church is serving as a rite of passage for a new version of spirituality. Jaded young cynics want to “stick it to the man” and break free from authoritative figures and institutional structures. But what if “the man” is actually God himself, and what if the institution is the church for whom his Son died?

Read the rest here,

Embracing ‘Hopeful Realism’: Why Cynicism Is a Dead End and Idealism a Farce – The Gospel Coalition Blog.

Also, he blogs here. Go. Read. His blog.

I ain’t gonna lie – I am a cynic and I very interested in reading Byer’s book.

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4 Replies to “I am Idealistic about Andrew Byers’ Cynicism”

  1. I’m not cynical about God or His church. Rather I’m cynical at times about the ways we represent god and treat others within / outside the church.

    I’m not sure being cynical is the new spirituality though…rather its a result of deep wounds- that perhaps I’m in need of Christ’s love and healing… in reality is our cynicism a form of criticism and judgement?

    1. Craig,

      I am not cynical about God or His Church either – well, never the former, but sometimes the latter. To be honest, my cynicism is because of deep wounds. I am interested in reading this book, that’s for sure.

      1. I just read the blog post you linked to. I should have read it before commenting… he speaks of the bitterness which needs healing.

        I have to say that while I have come out of a dark time – I can see God’s hand in it and am who I am today because of it. I think I also will read this book.

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