David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyon’s book UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity (Baker, 2007) surveyed 19-26 year-olds regarding their perceptions and attitudes to evangelical Christians. The results from both insider and outsiders were disturbingly negative. So much so, that many older evangelical Christians were skeptical of the findings.
The Outsider Interviews (Baker, 2010)is a qualitative research follow up. The DVD consists of recorded interviews conducted in four locations: Kansas City, Phoenix, Denver and Seattle. The authors interview four individuals in each location: two self-designated “outsiders” and two “insiders” within the same age bracket. Their responses corroborate the findings in the earlier book. But the impact is all he more powerful in that we encounter actual people rather than bare statistics. The conversations are respectful and honest. In addition to the interviews before an audience, each of the participants is interviewed individually off stage.
The book provides an analysis and personal responses by each of the authors who are also the presenters. The book concludes with questions for further consideration. It provides a valuable resource both for younger Christians who are engaging their peers and also for parents and grandparents in understanding the very different world and attitudes of the 19-26-year-olds.