First Things often has timely articles. In the latest issue, Sally Thomas deals with assertions in Preston Shire’s recent book, Hippies of the Religious Right. She does not accept Shire’s premise and offers a different take. The nerve that is hit is at the heart of many present struggles. the hippie ethos contains the seeds of much of what plagues us from the “Get over it” admonition to the confessionally faithful to a concern to always making everything new. Some of what appears conservative might be a radical departure from orthodox Christianity. This article deserves attention and discussion along with reflection.
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