Placed there, I’ll posit from experience, by naive youth leaders who clung to the idea of happy cool dude Hipster Jesus to soothe their own insecurties about life and death. Seems to work great for high school youth group in the wealthy and healthy West. But it doesn’t stand up well in the real world, does it? Augustine called this sort of stuff “cruel optimism.” The idea of Hipster Jesus is just our modern description of an ancient problem.

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