Fundamentalism and American Culture

ISBN-10: 0195300475

ISBN-13: 9780195300475

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

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Many American's today are taking note of the surprisingly strong political force that is the religious right. Controversial decisions by the government are met with hundreds of lobbyists, millions of dollars of advertising spending, and a powerful grassroots response. How has the fundamentalist movement managed to resist the pressures of the scientific community and the draw of modern popular culture to hold on to their ultra-conservative Christian views? Understanding themovement's history is key to answering this question. Fundamentalism and American Culture has long been considered a classic in religious history, and to this day remains unsurpassed. Now available in a new edition, this highly regarded analysis takes us through the full history of the origin and directionof one of America's most influential religious movements. For Marsden, fundamentalists are not just religious conservatives; they are conservatives who are willing to take a stand and to fight. In Marsden's words (borrowed by Jerry Falwell), "a fundamentalist is an evangelical who is angry about something." In the late nineteenth century American Protestantism was gradually dividing between liberals who were accepting new scientific and higher critical views that contradicted the Bible and defenders of the more traditional evangelicalism. By the1920s a full-fledged "fundamentalist" movement had developed in protest against theological changes in the churches and changing mores in the culture. Building on networks of evangelists, Bible conferences, Bible institutes, and missions agencies, fundamentalists coalesced into a major protest movementthat proved to have remarkable staying power. For this new edition, a major new chapter compares fundamentalism since the 1970s to the fundamentalism of the 1920s, looking particularly at the extraordinary growth in political emphasis and power of the more recent movement. Never has it been more important to understand the history of fundamentalism in our rapidly polarizing nation. Marsen's carefully researched and engrossing work remains the best way to do just that.
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List price: $19.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/23/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 468
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Before Fundamentalism
Evangelical America at the Brink of Crisis
The Paths Diverge
D. L. Moody and a New American Evangelism
The Shaping of a Coalition
This Age and the Millennium
Prologue: The Paradox of Revivalist Fundamentalism
Two Revisions of Millennialism
Dispensationalism and the Baconian Ideal
History, Society, and the Church
The Victorious Life
The Social Dimensions of Holiness
"The Great Reversal,"
Holiness and Fundamentalism
The Defense of the Faith
Tremors of Controversy
Presbyterians and the Truth
The Fundamentals
Christianity and Culture
Four Views Circa 1910
This Age Condemned: The Premillennial Extreme
The Central Tension
William Jennings Bryan: Christian Civilization Preserved
Transforming Culture by the Word
The Crucial Years: 1917-1925
World War I, Premillennialism, and American Fundamentalism: 1917-1918
Fundamentalism and the Cultural Crisis: 1919-1920
The Fundamentalist Offensive on Two Fronts: 1920-1921
Would the Liberals Be Driven from the Denominations? 1922-1923
The Offensive Stalled and Breaking Apart: 1924-1925
Epilogue: Dislocation, Relocation, and Resurgence: 1925-1940
Fundamentalism as a Social Phenomenon
Fundamentalism as a Political Phenomenon
Fundamentalism as an Intellectual Phenomenon
Fundamentalism as an American Phenomenon
Fundamentalism Yesterday and Today (2005)
Afterword: History and Fundamentalism
Bibliographical Indexes
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