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JESUS MOVEMENT

A movement among fervent young people who wish to imitate Jesus, particularly as depicted in the Bible. They engage in preaching and giving instruction to their peers and, to some extent, have become involved in sexual aberrations and the use of drugs. A number have become associated with Pentecostal groups but without Church affiliation. They tend to be strongly pacifist and indifferent to accepted standards of dress and external behavior. Centered in the United States and Canada, the movement has spread elsewhere. Those who belong to the movement are often referred to as "Jesus freaks."

Also a sect of conservative Protestants, especially young people, who seek to promote faith in Jesus as Savior; they operate independently of any of the established denominations. Also called the Jesus Revolution.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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