Hippies, monks, and Lent

Hippies, monks, and Lent

Here we are in the middle of Lent and I'm stuck on hippies. I've always been fascinated by the 1960s. These were wild and momentous years, populated by colorful and absurd characters whose impact far outstripped their usefulness. But drop the whole psychedelic mess into the period of the Great Fast and a compelling comparison of cultures emerges, one that might change how we see ourselves. … [Read more...]

The scary birth of Hal Lindsey

The Late Great Planet Earth

The late 1960s and '70s were a time of fear. Paul Ehrlich told us the world would run out of food and natural resources due to overpopulation. Popular movies like Soylent Green and long lines at the gas pump only seemed to confirm the grim forecasts of his 1968 jeremiad, The Population Bomb. Environmentalists felt the chills of an oncoming ice age and magazines as well regarded as Science gave credence to the notion that "a full-blown 100,000-year ice age" was "a real possibility." Said Nigel … [Read more...]


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