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    George M. Marsden(Author)

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In this historical overview of American fundamentalism and evangelicalism, Marsden provides an introduction to the growing religious movements and a deeper analysis of two themes that have been especially prominent and controversial in these traditions -- views of science and views of politics.

Christian Scholar's Review "In the history-of-fundamentalism business, George Marsden remains on top." Interpretation "The work will be useful as a supplementary textbook. The clarity, organization, and detail of Marsden's opening historical overview provide excellent introduction to an extraordinarily lively subject." Choice "There is perhaps no one better able to facilitate an understanding of American Protestant fundamentalism and evangelicalism than George Marsden. . . The volume provides a helpful introduction to and interpretation of the Protestant fundamentalist movement of the 20th century and the evangelicalism that grew out of that movement. . . Marsden is successful in communicating his research and interpretations in a style that is clear and readable, even for those with little background in the subject. Recommended for both academic and public libraries." Religious Studies Review "It can serve as a review for specialists in the field and as a wonderful introduction for those who are not. Professors can put it into the hands of undergraduates with the confidence that they will profit from it." Library Journal "Anyone who is interested in this rapidly growing element in today's society will want to read this excellent analysis. Recommended for academic and public libraries."Christian Scholar's Review "In the history-of-fundamentalism business, George Marsden remains on top."Interpretation "The work will be useful as a supplementary textbook. The clarity, organization, and detail of Marsden's opening historical overview provide excellent introduction to an extraordinarily lively subject."Choice "There is perhaps no one better able to facilitate an understanding of American Protestant fundamentalism and evangelicalism than George Marsden. . . The volume provides a helpful introduction to and interpretation of the Protestant fundamentalist movement of the 20th century and the evangelicalism that grew out of that movement. . . Marsden is successful in communicating his research and interpretations in a style that is clear and readable, even for those with little background in the subject. Recommended for both academic and public libraries."Religious Studies Review "It can serve as a review for specialists in the field and as a wonderful introduction for those who are not. Professors can put it into the hands of undergraduates with the confidence that they will profit from it."Library Journal "Anyone who is interested in this rapidly growing element in today's society will want to read this excellent analysis. Recommended for academic and public libraries."Christian Scholar's Review -In the history-of-fundamentalism business, George Marsden remains on top.-Interpretation -The work will be useful as a supplementary textbook. The clarity, organization, and detail of Marsden's opening historical overview provide excellent introduction to an extraordinarily lively subject.-Choice -There is perhaps no one better able to facilitate an understanding of American Protestant fundamentalism and evangelicalism than George Marsden. . . The volume provides a helpful introduction to and interpretation of the Protestant fundamentalist movement of the 20th century and the evangelicalism that grew out of that movement. . . Marsden is successful in communicating his research and interpretations in a style that is clear and readable, even for those with little background in the subject. Recommended for both academic and public libraries.-Religious Studies Review -It can serve as a review for specialists in the field and as a wonderful introduction for those who are not. Professors can put it into the hands of undergraduates with the confidence that they will profit from it.-Library Journal -Anyone who is interested in this rapidly growing element in today's society will want to read this excellent analysis. Recommended for academic and public libraries.-

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  • PDF | 218 pages
  • George M. Marsden(Author)
  • William B Eerdmans Publishing Co (1 July 1991)
  • English
  • 9
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By San Patch on 2 January 2009

    Fundamentalism in today's parlance connotes backward, medieval religious belief. Hence, the question I had when I bought this book was, why does such 'backward' religion thrive in the most technologically-advanced country on the planet (The USA)? George Marsden brilliantly upturned my glib conceptions of Christian fundamentalism.First of all, Marsden notes that Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism are anything but backward. By tracing the development of Evangelicalism from the Second Awakening in the mid-nineteeth century to the 1920's, Marsden shows that Fundamentalism was birthed by a number of factors viz:RAPID URBSANISATION IN THE US. American Protestanism had matured in an era of villages and towns. As more people moved from the countryside to the rapidly growing cities (esp in the North), the familial and community bonds gradually disappeared. Furthermore, the influx of new non-Protestant immigrants from Europe added to the ethnic mix and contibuted to the sense of dislocation.THE RISE OF SECULARISM. As the US rapidly urbanised, secular ideas such as Darwinian evolution seriously challenged the notion of creation and man's special place in the Cosmos. Fundamentalism was then a reaction to these powerful trendsMarsden argues that Evangelicalism became opposed to Liberalism (an attempt of the Church to come to terms with modern sceince). After its nadir in the Scopes trial, many experts thought that Fundamentalism had ceased being a powerful force in US politics. It was not until the 1970's that Fundamentalism re-emerged to challenge "East Coast" liberalism. Marsden identifies a number of factors for the resurgence of faith in US politics: the increasing wealth of the South; the Churches' embrace of modern technology and the sense of liberal over-reach in the 1960's.If you think US religious politics you may think of Jerry Falwell (and the moral majority), Oral Roberts or Jimmy Swaggart. While these televangelists are the most visible manifestations of the movement, evangelicalism goes much deeper; it is a mixture of a American folk religion, individualism, patriotism, self-image, Puritan sense of destiny and capitalism's obsession with growth and fiduciary gain. Much more than a throwback to benighted religion, US evangelicalim is an expression par excellence of the American Spirit. Marsden's Understanding Fundamentalism illuminates this aspect of the American self with clarity. It deserves 4 stars.

  • By Michael Austin on 14 February 2011

    In this title, Marsden assembles and re-packages a collection of essays he wrote in the 1980's. They are incisive and informative, particularly in the areas of giving detailed descriptions of fundamentalism as a Protestant reactionary movement, entwined in culture and US politics. While giving good summaries as well as indepth analyses of the whole evangelical and fundamentalist movements in the US, his major weakness is the New Evangelical lens through which he evaluates the Creation Science movement and the interprtation of Scripture.Marsden advocates a mediating position in relation Darwinian evolution and an acceptance of theistic evolution, which I see as undermining the gospel, the entrance of sin and death and the New Testament teaching on the Person and finished work of Christ.In all, informative, well-written, but with a clear "neo-evangelical" position to advance semi-liberal views similar to David Bebbington and Alister McGrath. My title, "Lost Relation - finding humanity and God" offers a clearer biblical case for a Christianity grounded in supernaturalism in which Christ is pre-eminent.


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