Searching for God in the Sixties

Searching for God in the Sixties

Searching for God in the Sixties

Searching for God in the Sixties


This paradigm-breaking book dares to rethink the whole of the '60s experience, not from a political or sociological but from an historical/theological perspective. Camille Paglia wrote that "the spiritual history of the sixties has yet to be written." This is that book.


“The Mind’s True Liberation”

To head forth on a great quest only to have that quest and, finally, the questing self crumble in its own corruption; to discover not only that the world is corrupt but that the very “I” which would be the vehicle of revolution is itself caught up in the web of that corruption; to break out of Egypt only to be—like the Children of Israel—lost in the wilderness far from the Promised Land; in these the children of the Sixties repeated patterns established by their parents’ parents and theirs before them. Even in our moment of liberation we were caught on the wheel.

Forty years later, the Sixties remain shrouded in myth, demonization, and nostalgia. To young Americans, that decade is a stumbling block; to Republican conservatives, foolishness; but to aging baby boomers who once felt themselves called to respond, that era still recalls something dimly remembered of wisdom, righteousness, and redemption. Something happened still not understood, something greater than the mere political events, more universal than one generation’s memory of its youth. the story of the American Sixties is a chapter in the ancient and continuing story of the quest of consciousness to be free from itself.

Forty years later, we remain divided. the 2004 presidential elections proved, to much confusion, that the fault lines of our history remained rigidly in place. the 2008 election suggests a tectonic shift back to where we once belonged. We tried, but we cannot escape our selves— or our past. Nor can our past escape its past. What erupted in the Sixties was a challenge, not just to the particular moral values of the older generation, but a challenge to the very ideas of rationality and morality. and this challenge was but the reawakening of an ancient battle. the debate over “moral values” today is mistaken when it sticks to particulars like gay rights, feminism, racism, torture, or dirty words on television. These are the particulars, but the theme that binds them is the very necessity of moral values. Should we be bound or should we be free? How free can we afford to be? We Americans have always walked a tightrope try-

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