Fundamentalism and American culture

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - Religion - 351 pages
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A great book on the foundations of Protestant Fundamentalism from a sympathetic but critical writer who has been close to its centre (see the series of letters written between Mark Noll, George Marsden, and Francis Schaeffer on the topic of whether or not America was a Christian nation written in the early 1980's). It has lots of fascinating and disturbing facts and figures mixed with the absurd, such as the infamous Billy Sunday (who couldn't close down Chicago according to the song) hilariously to us now, asserting in World War 1 that "If you turn hell upside down you will find 'Made in Germany' on the bottom". There is self importance and ego aplenty in many of the people described here. Even if you don't agree with all his judgements there is a feast here for the historian of religion and for those fascinated or appalled by Fundamentalism.  

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A fundamental book for understanding American fundamentalism and, more broadly, American Christianity and its relationship to the broader culture. The original text covers mostly the period from 1870 ... Read full review


PART ONE Before Fundamentalism
Evangelical America at the Brink of Crisis

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