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Hippies of the Religious Right
From the Counterculture of Jerry Garcia to the Subculture of Jerry Falwell
This volume demonstrates that the Christian Right has a surprising past. Historical analysis reveals that the countercultural movements and evangelicalism share a common heritage. Shires warns that political operatives in both parties need to heed this fact if they hope to either, in the case of the Republican Party, retain their evangelical constituency, or, in the case of the Democratic Party, recruit new evangelical voters.
1. Modern Culture—Mainstream and Mainline
2. The Counterculture
3. Old-Time Religion and New-Time Youth
4. A Radical Spirituality for a Radical Generation
5. The Evangelical Lifestyle
6. The Countercultural Christians
7. The Merging of Countercultural and Evangelical Christianity
8. Awaiting the Religious Right
9. Politically Right
10. The Christian Right and Its Sixties Inheritance
This book contributes significantly to understanding the fervent supernaturalism evident in American public life today.
—Amanda Porterfield, Robert A. Spivey Professor of Religion and Director of Graduate Studies, Florida State University
"Hippies of the Religious Right is an important resource because of the information that it provides on the Jesus movement, a short-lived evangelical subgroup that unfortunately has received little attention from historians."
—Reviews in American History (2011, 39:1)
Shires shows how some countercultural values from the 1960s era survive in the motivations of participants in what would seem an entirely different social movement, socially activist evangelical Protestantism. His well-documented case is original and provocative.
—Tim Miller, Kansas University
Preston Shires (Ph.D. University of Nebraska) is Instructor in History, SE Community College in Lincoln, NE