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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

Hugh McLeod (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter begins by discussing some of the main theories advanced by historians and sociologists to explain the religious crisis of the 1960s. It then suggests a historical framework within which the dramatic developments in that decade can be understood. It argues that to understand the unique atmosphere of the 1960s one also has to take account of specific events and movements. In particular, three stand out as being of pivotal significance in the political and religious radicalization and polarization during that decade, namely the US Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and the Second Vatican Council.

Keywords:   long 1960s, religious crisis, church reform, religious change, Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, Second Vatican Council

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