Fundamentalism and American Culture: The Shaping of Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism, 1870-1925
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 dr...more
Marsden really helped me to clarify a few things that didn't make sense.
If the world is going to end now or soon, why the addiction to personal comfort? To materialist culture?
If a principle should be followed now, but later if it becomes inconvenient it can be discarded, till it becomes convenient again.
Why was a force that rose in the 20's that petered out in the middle of that decade able to come back wi ...more
Marsden masterfully recounts the development of fundamentalism, convincingly arguing that this anti-intellectual movement found its beginnings in tandem with dispensationalism's growth. Marsden reminds us that fundamentalism was a militant movement meant to control and champion Christian culture in the public square. A helpful correction for Christians is to find a way to be prophetic publicly while being convictionally civil and charitable as well.
Mardsen's approach is strictly from an hist ...more
If you are looking for a background of today's religious climate, this is a good book to start reading. The author gives a good historical and philosophical thought as it developed over time.
I learned a lot from this book, for those interested in how evangelical ideas developed and spread, this will help connect a lot of dots.