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The Religious Crisis of the 1960s$
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Hugh McLeod

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199298259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298259.001.0001

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The Religious Crisis of the 1960s

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This chapter examines the social and religious upheavals of 1968. In the later 1960s, hopes for speedy and radical changes in both church and society were at a very high level. Christian radicals often suffered a double disappointment. Many radicals left their churches, and those Christian organizations that had been most sympathetic to ‘1968’ were severely upset. However, it would be wrong to exaggerate the extent either of the radical defeat or of the conservative resurgence. Many of those who had been influenced by the ideas and movements of that time remained within, or returned to their churches.

Keywords:   1968, religion, political radicalization, Catholic church, Protestant church

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