Fundamentalism and American Culture

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Oxford University Press, Feb 23, 2006 - Political Science - 351 pages
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Many Americans 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 the movement'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 direction of 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 the 1920s 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 movement that 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. Marsden's carefully researched and engrossing work remains the best way to do just that.
  

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User Review  - Andy Smith - Goodreads

Very good, but somewhat dry. Interesting and a good introduction to Marsden's historical revisionist outlook on Fundamentalism. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
PART ONEBefore Fundamentalism
I Evangelical America at the Brink of Crisis
II The Paths Diverge
III D L Moody and a New American Evangelism
PART TWOThe Shaping of a Coalition
This Age and the Millennium
V Two Revisions of Millennialism
19241925
Dislocation Relocation and Resurgence 19251940
PART FOURInterpretations
XXII Fundamentalismas a Social Phenomenon
XXIII Fundamentalismas a Political Phenomenon
XXIV Fundamentalismas an Intellectual Phenomenon
XXV Fundamentalism as an American Phenomenon
PART FIVEFundamentalism Yesterday and Today 2005

VI Dispensationalism and the Baconian Ideal
VII History Society and the Church
Holiness
IX The Social Dimensions of Holiness
X The Great Reversal
XI Holiness and Fundamentalism
The Defense of the Faith
XIII Presbyterians and the Truth
XIV The Fundamentals
Christianity and Culture
19171925
19171918
19191920
19201921
XIX Would the Liberals Be Driven from the Denominations? 19221923
FROM FUNDAMENTALIST TO EVANGELICAL AND BACKAND HOW DEFINITIONS CHANGE
THE SOUTH RISES AGAIN
THE COUNTERCULTURE PATRIOTISM AND THE FAMILY
NEW ALIGNMENTS
SECULAR HUMANISM OR A RETURN TO CHRISTIAN ROOTS?
THE PREMILLENNIAL PARADOX
AMERICAN FUNDAMENTALISM AND THE WORLD PHENOMENON
FUNDAMENTALISM AND EVANGELICALISM FOR REAL PEOPLE
THE LARGER PICTURE
AFTERWORDHistory and Fundamentalism
Notes
Fundamentalism Yesterday and Today 2005
Bibliographical Indexes
Index
Copyright

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George M. Marsden is the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Jonathan Edwards: A Life.

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