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Fundamentalism and American Culture: The Shaping of Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism, 1870-1925

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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 dr

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 25th 1982 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published February 1981)
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Jacob Aitken
The thesis of this book parallels that of George Marsden's similar book on American culture, Religion and American Culture, that Fundamentalism shaped and was shaped by the surrounding culture. Marsden builds upon the work of earlier historians of Fundamentalism, namely that of Ernest Sandeen's book The Roots of Fundamentalism: British and American Millenarianism. Sandeen's thesis is that Fundamentalism is the outgrowth of the "millenarian" movement that developed in late nineteenth-century Amer ...more
Sarah Greene
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marsden's overview of Christianity in American culture starting in the mid 1800s and spanning thru the 1920s is one of the best books I have read so far on the subject. If you want to understand not only some of the controversies surrounding fundamentalism but how in the world we got to where we are now, this is a great place to start. From Pietism, to Revivalism, to the Holiness movement, to fundamentalism and then the 20th century fall out, Marsden covers it all. He also includes a helpful und ...more
Chuck Bonadies
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Fundamentalism and American Culture, Marsden explores the influences of the fundamentalist movement. The author believes that Ernest Sandeen overstates his case, that fundamentalism is an outgrowth of the millenarian movement. With a much wider root system, fundamentalism was a militant evangelical movement that was fighting battles on two fronts. 1) They fought against theological liberalism as it made its way into mainline denominations. 2) They were opposing the alarming changes in the cul ...more
Alex Stroshine
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 1870-1920s but the new expanded edition also offers insights into the evangelicalism and fundamentalism of the late 20th century.
Scott
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic.
Thomas Reeves
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Important book for Recovering Fundamentalists...and Evangelicals.
Marty Monahan
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to deepen your understanding of Fundamentalism in American culture, read this.

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
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Joey Cochran
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent study on Fundamentalism

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.
Lorraine Herbon
Lots of fundamentalism, very little American culture.
Jacob Aitken
The thesis of this book parallels that of George Marsden's similar book on American culture, Religion and American Culture, that Fundamentalism shaped and was shaped by the surrounding culture. Marsden builds upon the work of earlier historians of Fundamentalism, namely that of Ernest Sandeen's book The Roots of Fundamentalism: British and American Millenarianism. Sandeen's thesis is that Fundamentalism is the outgrowth of the "millenarian" movement that developed in late nineteenth-century Amer ...more
Steven Williams
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book provides an historical look at fundamentalism starting from its roots in nineteenth century religious claims: premillennialism, the holiness tradition, evangelicalism (personal relationship with Jesus), and biblical inerrancy. Then it goes on to the forming of The Fundamentals and the attempt of the fundamentalist to take over the mainline churches, and their failure in that endeavor. Finally it provides a look at it's more recent development.

Mardsen's approach is strictly from an hist
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Sam Hoel
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many scholarly works, this book suffers from a bit of wordiness and a certain hesitancy to create a "big picture" narrative for fear of leaving something out. That can be frustrating if you aren't familiar with the subject (the fundamentalist clash with Christian liberalism from 1870-1925), but despite these shortcomings, this book has a lot to offer. It's a fascinating slice of American history that Marsden covers, and his deep and scholarly understanding of Protestant Christianity in Amer ...more
Phillip
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent discussion of the development of fundamentalism in the nineteenth century through the Scopes Trail of 1925. Not really intended as a popular history, it nevertheless is an approachable book, especially for anyone from one of the religious traditions that he traces, which include the battles and splits among the Presbyterians and Baptists, along with helpful discussions on Christian and Missionary Alliance, Missouri Synod Lutheranism, and the Evangelical Free church among many others ...more
James Eldridge
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Overview of A Complicated Subject




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.
Michael
Aug 25, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in culture and religion
Shelves: religion, history
Gives a good background to understand today's militant fundamentalist's. Special attention is given to social, political, intellectual and American Protestant movements. The so called war and has been going on for a long time to root out liberals from Protestant seminaries, churches and colleges. These folks are anti science, anti evolution and intolerant of any scriptural belief outside what they say you must believe to be a Christian. It's pretty black and white in their thinking. They really ...more
Bob Breckwoldt
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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) hilariousl ...more
David
Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marsden tells the story of American Fundamentalism from its post-Civil War roots to the fundamentalist-modernist controversies of the 1920s. I found this book fascinating, mostly because the early fundamentalists were much different than what we think, due to the fact that the definition of "fundamentalist" has changed greatly over the years. The style is rather easy to read. Marsden added an additional chapter in 2005, analyzing the newer fundamentalism from the 1970s to today. What I found mos ...more
Paul
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This is widely considered the primary resource for understanding the history of the Fundamentalist movement that had such a powerful effect on the American church in the early 20th century. It comes by the reputation honestly; Marsden does a good job showing how the various strands of antebellum revivalism, primitivism and Calvinism twined together and reacted against the broader shifts in American culture that took place especially after World War I. Marsden isn't necessarily writing for a popu ...more
Frederick
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a remarkable study on the history of the social forces and the political and religious impulses that created American Protestant fundamentalism. I found it particularly interesting in its study of how fundamentalism came into being in the early part of the 20th century as a response to cultural change and the theological liberalism of the mainline churches. It is also interesting to note how vastly different today's fundamentalism is compared to that of 1920 when the term, fundamentalist ...more
Ryan Watkins
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology, favorites
A very insightful history book about the rise of fundamentalism and it's fight against modernism. Marsden shows where various theological doctrines originated and how they came to popularity in mainstream evangelicalism. For me personally it was very eye opening to see where many of the doctrines I grew up believing originated. This book was highly influential on my shift in theological thinking from the non-denominational background I grew up in to confessional reformed theology.
John Mcchesney-young
Good readable history of fundamentalism from its roots in 19th century US to modern times. Although it gets a little dry at times and some readers may not care about Marsden's interaction with earlier scholarship (in particular Sandeen), there are lively quotes from figures like Billy Sunday, who during WW I averred that if you turned hell upside down you would find it stamped "Made in Germany."
Seth
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marsden's writing enlightened me in my quest for understanding about my spiritual heritage of the past century. He could not have presented the history with less bias; he could not have researched more thoroughly.
Darby Hughes
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely informative, well researched historical study of the development of Protestant fundamentalism in America.

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.
Bill
Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not an easy read but if you want to know the history of American fundamentalism this is the book to read. I read the older edition. I understand the new edition brings the story past 1925, I would seek out the newer edition if available.
Chris Griffith
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Traces history of conservative Protestant Christian movements during late 19th through 20th Century America. Well written and well documented. A good follow up to Nathan Hatch's Democratization of American Christianity.
Christine
Jan 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in church and culture
Shelves: history
This insightful and academic book traces the history of fundamentalism from its reconstruction roots through the prohibition era, and even to its present day incarnations.
Matt Westbrook
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remains the classic treatment of the subject. The additional chapter in the updated version is very, very good also. Highly recommend.
Chris Schutte
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A helpful survey of the development of "Fundamentalism" in America. The Afterward, written in 2005, is also excellent.
Read1000books
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it
A history of the movement, similar to the book by George W. Dollar.
Ram Laska
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic review of historical Fundamentalism in the northern US. Does not cover present-day "Fundamentalism" or the South.
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George M. Marsden is the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame. He has written extensively on the interaction between Christianity and the American culture and has published numerous books, including Jonathan Edwards: A Life, which won the prestigious Bancroft Prize given for the best work of history. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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