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Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism Paperback – December 26, 1990
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- C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., Lafayette, Ind.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"In the history-of-fundamentalism business, George Marsden remains on top."
"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."
"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."
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"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."
"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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Top Customer Reviews
We may recognize that we are divided, but many Americans don't actually understand just how deeply divided, as a nation, we really are. Nor do we understand the underlying issues that divide us, the issues which are finally at the core of many of our debates.
This book provides one way of understanding these important issues, from the inside out.
Marsden argues that the political and social conflicts we all see today were born out of certain features of the American religious life. He proves his case admirably, and succeeds in providing his readers with a deeper understanding of contemporary conflicts than they will ever receive from contemporary newspapers and magazines, or even from their high-school and college American history classes. All of these other sources tend to ignore religion as a factor in political and social life. For Marsden, it is central.
Marsden is able to show that our conflicts have their roots in the historical encounter of American Christians with the emerging "modern world." When American Christianity began to encounter "Modernity" -in all its many forms: developments in science, politics, academic scholarship, industry, economics, and city life- its own internal conflicts formed the patterns for the larger social and cultural divisions which are now so familiar to us all all.Read more ›
I really enjoyed the first part of the book (history). In the second part of the book, there were essays written about two main subjects; politics and science. These essays tried to explain how fundamentalism and evangelicalism reacted to and changed these two areas. I especially enjoyed the essays pertaining to science because the issues that they faced in history are some of the same issues that Christians face today. The essays on politics were hard for me to follow, maybe because of my ignorance of political history. The last chapter was an essay trying to understand J. Gresham Machen. This essay was very insightful and very interesting.
I read this book for a class on `History of Fundamentalism', and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It took me five days to read the book and I spent almost twelve hours reading it. I would recommend the book to anyone interested in understanding the roots of `Conservative Christianity' and I would also recommend it as a `fun' read (except for chapters 3 and 4, they were not fun).
Started with a directed study of creation and evolution from a Christian viewpoint, see my webpage at fastucson.net/~rmwillia for more detail. After a few months of watching and participating in online debates i became interesting in what i saw to be a common element in the young earth creationist people. That was an elevation of the CED issue to one of a salvation issue. Frankly i was surprised and a little dismayed at this theological development. So i asked for help on trying to get a handle on fundamentalist theology. This was one of perhaps 5 books recommended by lots of people.
The book is unusual in the mix of tone and levels of sophistication between the chapters. It stems from the fact that this small volume is primarily a collection of essays from the author's much larger multiple volume work(_fundamentalism and the american culture) on the same topic. As a collection of essays, not particularly held together by design they are certainly representative of his thought, and probably the best of his work on the topic. But the chapters are not sequential or connected in a discernible way, other than the general chronological. In this case however this is not a criticism, the book flows fine anyhow. But what it does do is to make it possible to read chapters that you are primarily interested in, out-of-order, a nice feature.
What is the history of fundamentalism in america and why should i care? It's a big movement 25-45% of the population by most measurements. But more importantly it represents a criticism of modernism that is hard to miss.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A solid history explaining the development of fundamentalism in America and the ensuing birth of evangelicalism. Dr. Marsden knows his church history. Really, I would put it at 4. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Frankly Frank
Great and authoritative writing about the evangelical movement that once dominated and continues to influence US politics.Published 7 months ago by Onomas
George was a member of the faculty while my wife and I were at Calvin College and I have always found his work intellectually stimulating. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ken in Zeeland, MI
A clear and concise history of what fundamentalism is, its history and its relationship to evangelism that's sure to entertain and educate the history buff.Published 17 months ago by Maurice Caron
This isn't an easy book for those not already steeped in the intricacies of fundamentalist Christianity, but it is worth the effort.Published 24 months ago by C. Perelli-Minetti
This book is a collection of essays, written after Marsden's major work Fundamentalism and American Culture. Read morePublished on August 12, 2014 by D. T. Kleven
Great and critical read about American Protestantism. Marsden is knowledgeable in his subject. Great companion read to "Fundamentalism and American Culture (New Edition)... Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Robert Allen
(Hand over mouth yawning prodigously) If I had been assigned this book when I was in seminary I probably would have read the first and last paragraph of each chapter. Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer