Image & Reality by Ken Myers

Contours of Culture

Image & Reality

by Ken Myers

"The dearest freshness deep down things . . ."

In 2003, I talked with journalist Mark Oppenheimer about his book, Knocking on Heaven's Door: American Religion in the Age of Counterculture. That volume examined the changes to American religious life initiated by the cultural shifts of the late 1960s and early 1970s. "If someone were beamed forward in a time capsule from 1950 to today," Oppenheimer observed, "the most noticeable thing would just be that everyone dresses as if they just rolled out of bed."< . . .