The Religious Crisis of the 1960s

Paperback | March 1, 2010

byHugh McLeod

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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 LutherKing. But it was also a time of rapid social and cultural change when Christianity faced challenges from Eastern religions, from Marxism and feminism, and above all from new 'affluent' lifestyles. Hugh McLeod tells in detail, using oral history, how these movements and conflicts were experienced inEngland, but because the Sixties were an international phenomenon he also looks at other countries, especially the USA and France. McLeod explains what happened to religion in the 1960s, why it happened, and how the events of that decade shaped the rest of the 20th century.

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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 LutherKing. But it was also a time of rapid social an...

Hugh McLeod is Professor of Church History at the University of Birmingham.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pagesPublished:March 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Decline of Christendom2. Late Christendom3. The Early Sixties4. Aggiornamento5. Affluence6. New Worlds7. 19688. Sex, Gender, and the Family9. The Crisis of the Church10. From `Christian Country' to `Civilized Society'11. The End of Christendom?Conclusion

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"Lucidly written [and] admirably concise...Professor McLeod has produced a work that is likely to remain the starting point for new research into the period for many years, perhaps for a generation." --Peter Webster, Reviews in History 20/06/2008