Knocking on Heaven's Door: American Religion in the Age of Counterculture

Journalism is said to be the first draft of history. In this copiously researched book on the 1960s a former journalist offers an intriguing revision of one of those first drafts.

Mark Oppenheimer takes a fresh look at an era popularly known for its assault on all things traditional and sacred. A former writer for the Hartford Courant now working on a doctorate in religious studies at Yale University, Oppenheimer shifts the focus from the cultural extremes that so vividly identify the ’60s—day-glo VW buses, communes with long-haired women and bearded men, black-power militancy—to mainstream institutions. He studies what effect the counterculture’s demand for change had on major religious institutions.


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