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Book Announcement: The Jesus People Movement: a story of spiritual revolution among the hippies (Wipf & Stock, 2014)

This revised version of my PhD thesis is published in February 2014.

Thesis title – Upon Your Sons and Daughters: an analysis of the Pentecostalism in the Jesus People Movement and It's Aftermath

The Jesus People Movement was a large religious phenomenon that arose out of an amalgamation of the American counterculture and Hippie movements and American Pentecostalism.  Beginning in 1967 the movement’s early participants were mostly hippies who had claimed a conversion experience and instantaneous healing from drug addiction through an encounter with Jesus Christ.  By the mid-1970s the growing phenomenon had attracted a broad range of youth, many of whom were not former hippies, but who did relate to the counterculture movement and the generation gap.  Several enduring institutions arose from the heyday and have continued to impact American Pentecostalism and American Christianity more broadly.  This thesis examines the historical links between the Jesus People Movement, American Pentecostalism, and the Hippie movement as well as the sociological and theological resemblance to American Pentecostalism.  Based on the family resemblance analogy, the thesis concludes that the Jesus People Movement should be included as a significant part of the story of American Pentecostalism.

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Richard Bustraan

Birmingham, United Kingdom
University of Birmingham
last modified 2014-02-24 10:38