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Catholic Hipsters of the New Generation

— Posted by Elizabeth (June 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm)

girl hipsterWhile browsing the other blogging spheres, the following article caught my attention. It’s never been considered “cool” to follow a 2000-year old religion, to live chastely, right? Or has it.

As blogger Edmund Mitchell muses in his post All Hispters Eventually Become Catholic, it can’t get much more bland than sleeping around, getting high, and watching Jersey Shore. This generation of Catholic hipsters has refused the mediocrity of self indulgence for something much much more fulfilling…

If you’ve been living in a bomb shelter under your parent’s house since 1990 and don’t know what a hipster is, then go here and read up to get a rough idea. I think they’re Catholics.

Hipster refers to a subculture of contemporary young adults. They like independent music and wearing unpopular clothing styles. Hipsters love things that aren’t mainstream, and they love irony and paradox. They love having their own art, culture, and hipster jargon. They love reading the books no one recognizes and listening to the music you wouldn’t know about.

Lots of people I know have opinions of hipsters. Some flat out hate them. They have been called names like “the embodiement of postmodernism” by critics. Some turn their noses up in contempt, but secretly (or not so secretly) dress like them. In fact, a hipster would turn up his nose if you called him a hipster.

The Word on Fire blog gives some good insight into how to evangelize this subset of our modern culture, but I don’t think we have to be too worried:

Hipsters eventually become Catholic.

This is less of a fact and more of a prophecy. But haven’t you felt the same way deep down?

Aren’t you, as a Catholic, somewhat charmed and intrigued by hipsters?

Isn’t it true that living out the Catholic faith in modern society is the ultimate anti-mainstream life of non-conformity and going-against-the-flow? And the Catholic culture we’ve inherited provides a wealth of uncool topics to chose from…

Read the entire article by youth minister Edmund Mitchell here!

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