While the message of UnChristian is tough, it arguably could be tougher. Not only do the behaviors of Kinnaman and Lyons document wrongly "brand" Christianity; its equally true that hypocrisy and unforgiveness are wicked.... In response to this woeful state of affairs, the authors exhort Christian readers to return to the biblical messages of love end mercy toward outsiders. "Would we be that different," they ask "if it were not for God's grace."
WORLD Magazine, January 26, 2008, Vol. 23, No. 2
For some time now, the hands and feet of the body of Christ have been amputated, and we've been pretty much reduced to a big mouth, Warren wrote, "We talk more than we do. It's time to reattach the limbs and let the church be the church in the 21st century." Rick Warren in a USA Today article about UnChristian.
USA Today, October 10, 2007
For Lyons, the passion to take to take on this project was fueled by several experiences with his peers. "These experiences led me to believe that this negative perception of Christians was a real problem and that it was huge barrier that needed to be overcome, but nobody was addressing it.... We wanted to do a study that would stand the test of criticism and time to better benchmark where we sit as Christians. The Outside View: Why Outsiders View us as UnChristian.
Tim Willard, Engaged in Culture
"....engaging, challenging, and morally compelling. Recommended for all libraries."
Library Journal, September 15, 2007
Lyons had a gut-level sense that something was desperately wrong and three years of research paint exactly that picture. Mosaics and Busters (the generations that include late teens to early 30 somethings) believe that Christians are judgmental, anti-homosexual, hypocritical, too political, and sheltered. [The authors]....encourage a return to a more biblical Christianity, a faith that focuses on holiness but also loves, accepts, and works to understand the world around it.... Every Christian should read this, and it will likely influence the church for years to come.
Publishers Weekly, July 25, 2007
It used to be that Christianity was both big and beloved in the U.S., even among non-adherents. Back in 1996...Barna Group found that 83% of Americans identified themselves as Christians, and fewer than 20% of non-Christians held an unfavorable view of Christianity. ...That was then. [Now] 38% had a bad impression of present-day Christianity.... Nine out of ten outsiders found Christians too "anti-homosexual," and nearly as many perceived it as hypocritical and judgemental. Seventy-five percent found it too involved in politics.
Christianity's Image Problem, Time Magazine, Tuesday, October 2, 2007