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Our contributing editor John Turner's "The Christian Woodstock," appearing in today's Wall Street Journal, takes on the question "How did Mr. Huckabee become a hip evangelical politician." His answer takes us back to "Explo '72." Check it out here. A brief excerpt:

Looking back, it is hard to appreciate just how revolutionary these steps were for evangelicals in 1972. Crusade's Mr. Bright, one of the most influential evangelicals of the post-World War II generation, had long rejected rock music -- along with long hair and dancing. Less than a year before Explo, he told a reporter that rock 'n' roll "wasn't for us . . . because of the complaints of ex-addicts." At the time, conservative evangelicals strongly associated rock music with drug abuse. Mr. Bright's son Zachary remembers telling his father: "You can have a conservative view of music and keep what worked for you, or you can win [young people to Christ]." "I'd rather win," Campus Crusade's president responded.

7 comments:

Edward Blum at: January 18, 2008 at 10:22 AM said...

love it, love it, love it. Great article and can't wait for the book. - Ed

John Fea at: January 18, 2008 at 10:43 AM said...

Great piece, John!

Randall at: January 18, 2008 at 12:03 PM said...

Hey John, Congrats on the piece in the WSJ. That is terrific!

deg at: January 18, 2008 at 1:43 PM said...

Marvelous piece. Congrats! Looking forward to the book...

john turner at: January 18, 2008 at 2:29 PM said...

Alas, as soon as I portray Huckabee as a kindler, gentler evangelical politician, he starts defending the right of South Carolina to fly the Confederate flag.

Kara at: January 18, 2008 at 2:29 PM said...

Congrats.

Kathryn Lofton at: January 19, 2008 at 9:54 AM said...

Fantastic column. Way to make religious history, in addition to Huckles, hip.

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