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God's Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America

Larry Eskridge


A unique combination of the hippie counterculture and evangelical Christianity, the Jesus People movement first appeared amid 1967’s famed Summer of Love in San Francisco and grew like wildfire in Southern California and in cities like Seattle, Atlanta, and Milwaukee. In 1971, the growing movement found its way into the spotlight, attracting a great deal of contemporary media and scholarly attention. In the wake of publicity, the movement gained momentum and attracted a huge following among evangelical youth who enthusiastically adopted the Jesus Freak persona. The movement spread across the c ... More

Keywords: Jesus People, Jesus Freaks, counterculture, evangelicals, Pentecostals, contemporary Christian music, youth culture, 1970s, popular religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780195326451
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326451.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Larry Eskridge, author
Wheaton College