‘Hippies, Baptists, and the Jesus Revolution’ – Baylor University’s Institute for the Studies of Religion Will Present Lecture on Counterculture Christianity

Larry Eskridge
Larry Eskridge courtesy photo.
Oct. 16, 2015

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 16, 2015) – Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion will welcome religious author and scholar Larry Eskridge, Ph.D., for a lecture at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, in the Cox Lecture Hall of Armstrong Browning Library.

Eskridge is the author of “God’s Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America,” which examines the fusion of the hippie counterculture and evangelical Christianity that burst onto the scene in the late 1960s.

The lecture, titled “We had better accept these kids! Hippies, Baptists, and the Jesus Revolution,” will explore the surprisingly large role that Baptists played in the rise of the new era of Christianity. This movement, inspired by a group of countercultural hippies and Pentecostal believers called The Jesus People in the 1960s and 1970s, features “praise and worship” contemporary Christian music, revolutionized the evangelical’s relationship to youth culture and created the first come-as-you-are “seeker-sensitive” churches.

“Dr. Eskridge’s lecture will be a fascinating look at how many Christians – including Baptists – interacted with the counter-culture movement of the ‘60s,” said Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion.

Eskridge is the associate director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College. He is the editor of the “Evangelical Studies Bulletin” and received his B.A. from Trinity College, his M.A. from the University of Maryland and his Ph.D. from the University of Stirling in Scotland. His research is primarily focused on the intersections of 20th century evangelicalism, mass media and pop and youth culture.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Click here to register.

Armstrong Browning Library is located at 710 Speight Ave.

For more information, contact the Institute for Studies of Religion at 254-710-7555.

by Ashton Brown, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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