Boomers and God

In sixty-nine I was twenty-one and I called the road my own
I don’t know when that road turned on to the road I’m on”*

Our generation was caught in the middle -between our Depression/World War II-era parents who had very traditional values – and a new way of thinking.  Historians can trace the beginnings of the Cultural Revolution of the late 1960’s to a new awareness by the younger generation of the times.  They called us “Baby Boomers” and there were a lot of us.

There were changes everywhere:

  • Women’s Liberation
  • Black Power
  • The Civil Rights movement
  • Gay rights
  • The Sexual Revolution
  • Recreational Drugs
  • Civil Disobedience
  • Anti-War protests climaxing on the campus of Kent State

Everything seemed to change and to be in conflict; the music of the day reflected our thoughts – it was Dylan versus The Green Beret; Elvis gave way to the Beatles and the Stones.

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For many, religion had become irrelevant and out of touch with the realities of this New Age – some called it the Age of Aquarius.

“No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind’s true liberation
Aquarius! Aquarius!”

 

  • Religion did not escape the examination of our generation.
  • The process of change started with a questioning of what we had been told by the older generation.
  • If people in the past had been so wrong about human rights and war
    • What else had they told us that needed scrutiny?

We felt obligated to question the validity of things that had just been accepted in the past without questioning.

 

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* Jackson Browne – “Running on Empty” – 1977

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