Larry Eskridge has written a fascinating and important book, God’s Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America (Oxford University Press), chronicling a largely untold story in American evangelicalism. This week on FIRST PERSON, Larry joins me in the studio for a conversation about the topic.
God’s Forever Family argues that the Jesus People movement was one of the most important American religious movements of the second half of the 20th-century. Not only do such new and burgeoning evangelical groups as Calvary Chapel and the Vineyard trace back to the Jesus People, but the movement paved the way for the huge Contemporary Christian Music industry and the rise of “Praise Music” in the nation’s churches. More significantly, it revolutionized evangelicals’ relationship with youth and popular culture. Larry Eskridge makes the case that the Jesus People movement not only helped create a resurgent evangelicalism but must be considered one of the formative powers that shaped American youth in the late 1960s.
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