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Knocking on Heaven's Door: American Religion in the Age of Counterculture

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Publisher Comments:

What happened to American religion during the cultural revolution of the 1960s and early 1970s? The era has long been associated with the ascendancy of Eastern religions and fringe cults. But in this provocative book, Mark Oppenheimer demonstrates that contrary to conventional wisdom, most Americans did not turn on, tune in, and drop out of mainstream religious groups during the Age of Aquarius. Instead, many Americans brought the counterculture with them to their churches and temples, changing the face of American religion.

Introducing us to Americas first gay ministers and first female priests, to hippie Jews and folk-singing Catholics, Oppenheimer demonstrates that this was an era of extraordinary religious vitality. Drawing on a rich range of archival material as well as interviews with many of the protagonists, Knocking on Heavens Door offers a wry and iconoclastic reappraisal of the ways in which the upheavals of the sixties changed Americas relationship with God.

Synopsis:

A witty and provocative reappraisal of the impact of the cultural upheavals of the sixties on American religious life

Synopsis:

This book offers a witty and provocative reappraisal of the impact the cultural revolution had on American religious life in the 1960s. It argues that most Americans did not drop out of mainstream religious groups during the Age of Aquarius but instead brought the counterculture with them to their churches and temples, changing the face of American religion.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-273) and index.

Synopsis:

In a witty and provocative reappraisal of the impact of the cultural upheavals of the sixties on American religious life, Mark Oppenheimer demonstrates that contrary to conventional wisdom, most Americans did not turn on, tune in, and drop out of mainstream religious groups during the Age of Aquarius. Instead, many Americans brought the counterculture with them to their churches and temples, changing the face of American religion.

About the Author

Mark Oppenheimer is a freelance writer. He is a staff writer for the Christian Century and has written for many publications, including Harpers, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Yale Review, the Hartford Courant, Playboy, and Slate. He has taught at Wesleyan and Stanford universities.

Table of Contents

Unitarians and gay rights — Roman Catholics and the folk mass — Jews and communal worship — Episcopalians and feminism — Southern Baptists and Vietnam War protest.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300100242
Subtitle:
American Religion in the Age of Counterculture
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Oppenheimer, Mark
Location:
New Haven
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Popular Culture - Counter Culture
Subject:
Counter culture
Subject:
United States Religion 20th century.
Subject:
Counterculture - United States - History -
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 815
Publication Date:
20030910
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 b/w illus.
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1.04 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues

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Product details 304 pages Yale University Press - English 9780300100242 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
A witty and provocative reappraisal of the impact of the cultural upheavals of the sixties on American religious life
"Synopsis" by ,
This book offers a witty and provocative reappraisal of the impact the cultural revolution had on American religious life in the 1960s. It argues that most Americans did not drop out of mainstream religious groups during the Age of Aquarius but instead brought the counterculture with them to their churches and temples, changing the face of American religion.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-273) and index.
"Synopsis" by , In a witty and provocative reappraisal of the impact of the cultural upheavals of the sixties on American religious life, Mark Oppenheimer demonstrates that contrary to conventional wisdom, most Americans did not turn on, tune in, and drop out of mainstream religious groups during the Age of Aquarius. Instead, many Americans brought the counterculture with them to their churches and temples, changing the face of American religion.
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