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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Historian: modern religious conservatism emerged in 60's counterculture

The author, a historian at Southeast Community College, considers links between evangelicalism and 1960s youth culture and shows how a mixing of the two in the "Jesus movement" went on to influence the "biblically grounded politics" of a force most historians describe as "purely reactionary." Yet, "if it had not been for the counterculture," he says, "there may never have been a Christian Right." It was the counterculture that gave evangelicals "the rebellious spirit, the youthful activists, and the committed voters it so needed."

"Hippies of The Religious Right"
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