Refers to the wave of hippies in the late 1960s and early 1970s who migrated to born-again evangelical Christianity. This may seem like an odd choice for hippies on the surface, but not so much really: it provided a model of communal living, a mystical worldview in which the spirit realm is always present in one's life, and a transformation of their existing secular Us vs. Them stance into a cosmic struggle between primal Good and primal Evil.

Originally opposed to the Man as represented by secular institutions like the United States government, they found another opponent in the mainstream churches who were initially deeply suspicious of these long-haired weirdos who started showing up at their services.

I tend to use the term Jesus Freak or God nut to refer to religious fanatics of a Christian persuasion. I think it's notable that mainstream society in the United States doesn't generally treat fanatical Christians the way that, say, fanatical Muslims or fanatical Hindus or fanatical Jews are treated. It seems for Christians there's no such thing as too much, but with non-Christian faiths there are definite lines to be drawn. There's a lot of things that fundamentalists and other Christians do that when taken from a cultural viewpoint other than our own are just downright strange

I think a little cultural relativism when looking at religion is a good thing, even if you're religious yourself.

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