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The Religious Crisis of the 1960s

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The 1960s were a time of explosive religious change. In the Christian churches, it was a time of innovation, from the "new theology" and "new morality" of Bishop Robinson to the evangelicalism of the Charismatic Movement, and of charismatic leaders such as Pope John XXIII and Martin Luther King. But it was also a time of rapid social and cultural change when Christianity f ...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by OUP Oxford (first published November 22nd 2007)
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Craig Werner
A solid academic history of the changes in the religious cultures of Western Europe and the United States (with small nods to Canada and Australia) during the "long sixties," roughly 1958-1973. There's nothing exciting about McLeod's writing, but you can definitely trust him to have done all of the relevant reading related to his issues. (Which is to say it's a very English style of scholarship.) He's judicious in balancing competing arguments concerning the sixties as the outgrowth of long-term ...more
Alex Stroshine
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Religious Crisis of the 1960s" gives a good overview of the rapid and radical changes that occurred during that decade. Hugh McLeod locates the roots for much of the changes in earlier periods, such as the gradual acceptance of contraceptives by Protestant denominations paving the way for the acceptance of the Pill, the secularization of Sunday as this became the day for family leisure, and the transformation of marriages from something more merely functional to "companionate." One interest ...more
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Professor Hugh McLeod teaches in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Birmingham.
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