Jesus People
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1. Origins

The Jesus People were theologically conservative youth in the United States who emerged as a group distinct from the hippie counterculture during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Initially the product of attempts by a few evangelical pastors and youth workers to evangelize hippies, the movement spread and began to attract a following among church youth. After a period of intense media publicity, the movement’s style and jargon w…

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Eskridge, Larry, “Jesus People”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 23 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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