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Searching for God in the Sixties

by David R. Williams

        ISBN: 978-1611491395

        $80.00 (hardback) Published in 2010

         $29.99 (paperback)

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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. 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 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.

Baby Boomer David R. Williams, born in 1949, experienced the '60s up close and personal. Taking 1968 off before entering college, he shipped out with the merchant marines, fought against the Vietnam War, worked to elect McCarthy president, rioted in Grant Park, and arrived at Harvard in time for the campus takeover. He later earned a Masters in Theology from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD in American Civilization from Brown. He wrote Wilderness Lost and Sin Boldly! and won the "Excellence In Teaching" Award at George Mason University. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Czechoslovakia in 1991, has two sons, Nathan and Sam, and lives in a former black community, "Swampoodle," where he writes and brews his own bitter beer.
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