Posting some songs from the “Jesus Movement” of the 60’s and 70’s recently got me thinking a bit. I caught the tail end of the “Jesus Movement” in the late 70’s early 80’s as a kid and was profoundly affected. I had become a Christian about that time and listened the the “Jesus Music” of the time, went to a couple “Jesus Festivals”, listened to Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa on the radio and was generally sucked in to the whole scene. I even went to a Calvary Chapel in Honolulu a few years later as the whole thing was dying down. I remember the time fondly. Lots of emotion, optimism, a sense of getting back to the early church and some great music. But… It all kind of died out.
Sure, lots of churches continue to use the choruses of that time. There’s often a praise band singing similar songs and the dress code at church is more relaxed than it was in the 50’s, but is there anything else left from that time? Why did it die out? I suspect much of the dying out was just do to the aging of the baby boomers, but is there more to it? And is there any legacy in regards to universalism from that period? I tend to think that in some regards, the whole “Jesus Movement” was a case of pouring new wine into old wineskins…The old theology couldn’t hold what was poured into it. Unfortunately, I don’t think the old wineskins were destroyed , but continued as they had been before. So, is there any legacy in regards to universalism from that time?
I know (at least from my experience) that the theology, at least of Calvary Chapel, was very ECT and at least somewhat Calvinistic. I read recently that Chuck Smith just died (at age 87) and hadn’t changed his theology a bit from what I can tell. I really feel he was a loving and Godly man, (and am very thankful for him) but trapped by his theology to a large degree. So, are there any universalistic leaders, theologians, or philosophers that came out of that time? Anyone with a universalist website? Just wondering…