Hippies of the Religious Right an "important resource"October 12th, 2011 by admin
"American evangelicals have long had a complicated relationship with the market." So goes the first sentence of a multi-book review published in the Reviews in American History. Preston Shires's Hippies of the Religious Rightis one of four books reviewed in the essay, published this spring, and is important for is insight into the Jesus movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The reviewer writes,
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. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, thousands of young drug users, left-leaning college students, rock musicians, and long-haired idealists gave up sex and drugs and joined the California-based Jesus movement. They embraced an evangelical version of Christianity that melded a literal interpretation of the Bible with the dress, music, and values of the counterculture. Yet thirty years later, the Jesus People were Republicans. A survey of 800 former Jesus People taken in the early twenty-first century revealed that more than half considered themselves conservative, while very few characterized their politics as liberal (p. 178).