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1968

Hugh McLeod

in The Religious Crisis of the 1960s

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199298259
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191711619 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298259.003.0008
1968

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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

Chapter.  9166 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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