Searching for God in the sixties / David R. Williams
- Williams, David R. (David Ross), 1949-
- Newark : University of Delaware Press, 
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- Physical Description:
- 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- 1. Finding Is the First Act -- 2. The Second, Loss -- 3. Third, Expedition for the "Golden Fleece" -- 4. Fourth, No Discovery -- 5. Fifth, No Crew -- 6. Finally, No Golden Fleece -- 7. Jason - Sham - too.
- "This paradigm-breaking book dares to rethink the whole of the '60s experience, not from a political or sociological but from an historical/theological perspective. Camille Paglia wrote that "the spiritual history of the sixties has yet to be written." This is that book." "Since the Old Testament was replaced by the New, we have had in Western culture a constant back and forth between the law and the spirit, between the establishment and the awakening, between the rational head and the irrational heart. If the '50s were all structure, the '60s were another romantic effort to escape the control of the rational and give full vent to the repressed spirit. Who are we, anyhow, when all the lies are stripped away?" "The romantics of the '60s, like the Transcendentalists, rejecting the very idea of sin, dared to open the cage and let the repressed id come forth, only to find that the light at the end of the long dark tunnel of consciousness was the gleam in Charlie Manson's eye." "With the election of Barack Obama, the Sixties has finally ended, not because he fulfills the ideals of that decade, but because he, like Jojo, has returned us to where we once belonged. Bush may not be the last hippy, but his approach to life, to governing, purely intuitive and from the gut, a rejection of his father's rationality, was the last breaking wave of that ocean storm. Paradoxically, Bush was much more like Bill Clinton in being led by his id, his passions, than any true conservative." "The book's chapters each correspond to a line in Emily Dickinson's poem "Finding is the first act." The parallel to Dickinson's experience in the psychic wilderness demonstrates just how much the experience of the '60s was part of an ongoing American story and not an aberration. Though it seems contradictory, this book argues for an appreciation of the three '60s: 1960s, 1860s, 1660s, each a chapter of the religious core of the American story." "The central theme of the decade, a romantic rebellion against neo-orthodox cynicism, may well have been a mistake, but a necessary mistake, a correction that had to be made. Postmodernism's rejection of the essential romanticism that drove that decade, its emphasis on contingency and absence, is but another signifier for our powerlessness in the hands of an angry God. The enemy turned out to be not them, nor the social structure, but us. Hence the final line of the Dickinson poem: "Jason sham too.""--BOOK JACKET.
- 9780874130836 (alk. paper)
0874130832 (alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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