Here is a description from Addie Zierman’s blog of her When We Were On Fire. Reading how it refers to the Christian subculture, I think ‘that’s what it was all about’.
That Christian subculture of the 90s Zierman refers to (my point of reference is youth ministry ala DC/LA triennial events, Dare to Share, the Christian youth/pop/music culture, nationally renowned Bible/conference teachers/speakers, and numberless more stuff) was an attempt to distance oneself from hopelessly unhip church. A desperate attempt?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer referred to a nonreligious interpretation of Christianity in his last letters from prison (April 1944 and on). He critiqued the religious form of Christianity as no longer of use in a world that had come of age. Instead, he suggested a Christocentric faith. One which leads us to be of use to this world so loved by God who sent His Son, Jesus: “the man for others”.
There is more to Bonhoeffer’s critique even uncomplete as it is in Letters and Papers From Prison. Yet what he expressed 70 years ago about religious Christianity and what Zierman describes about today’s popular American Christianity all seems of the same fabric.