Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Smell of Sawdust, The Paperback – October 30, 2000
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From the Back Cover
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
I should admit from the offset that Mouw was in general far too soft on fundamentalism for my tastes. But then, as he candidly admits, his "lengthy exposure to fundamentalism has not left [him] badly bruised," though he acknowledges for many others such is not the case.
I should also confess that I found some of his areas of agreement with fundamentalism a little puzzling: He seems to accept almost unquestioningly that a decline in "Christian" standards in society is reason for political action; he appears to suggest that if a book by Hal Lindsey can lead someone to Christ, dispensationalism is, in some small way, vindicated (could God be speaking despite Lindsey's dispensationalism rather than because of it?); indeed, Mouw has a habit of finding good points and then using them to vindicate fundamentalism, if only partially, but they are too often unconvincing (eg. dispensationalism is vindicated because it addresses the need for Christians to know something about the future -- a debatable point in any case -- but could you not vindicate Seventh-Day Adventism, or indeed any scheme of eschatological prediction, in the same way?).
Having said that, Mouw does manage to put across something of the "warm piety" of fundamentalist religion, the emphasis on closeness to and personal relationship with God. Indeed, that is what I will carry on with me from evangelicalism, despite its failings.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every now and again, you find a work that just resonates with you. This is one of those for me.
I know what Mouw is talking about when he speaks of the tension that... Read more
Few things today are more fashionable than a condescending dismissal of all things fundamentalist. True, there is legitimate material there, but Mouw reminds believers that there... Read morePublished on January 17, 2007 by Daniel B. Clendenin
As an evangelical, I had reason to read this book. I was hoping for a compelling history of our fundamentalist origins along with insights into what we've discarded from our... Read morePublished on October 27, 2006 by Jim V. Butcher II