Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The Outsider Interviews

There's a new book & DVD out by Jim Henderson called The Outsider Interviews. It's almost a direct response, or a continuation of the book unChristian (reviewed here); which is a fantastic (albeit painful) read about the perceptions of 18-29 year olds of the church.

In The Outsider Interviews, Jim Henderson hosts group interviews/discussions with people who are atheists, non-Christians, or just Christians-but-don't-want-to-be-associated-with-Christianity in front of church crowds. The participants are asked (among other things) "If Christians would listen, what would you say to them?"

I know that we tend to demonize anyone that is "the other," and how especially true is that of people whose beliefs don't line with our own? Frankly, I think the church needs more exposure to people who are outside of itself. Because our perception of how we come across isn't the reality. The reality is how we are perceived by those outside. It is their perceptions that matter...because theirs are more accurate.

Check out these trailers for The Outsider Interviews.

This is the main book/DVD trailer.

HT: The Friendly Atheist

This are quick statements from the people who were interviewed.

I'd love to know your thoughts.