Fundamentalism And American Culture

Author : George M. Marsden
ISBN : 9780195345827
Genre : Social Science
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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 draw of modern popular culture to hold on to their ultra-conservative Christian views? Understanding the movement's history is key to answering this question. Fundamentalism and American Culture has long been considered a classic in religious history, and to this day remains unsurpassed. Now available in a new edition, this highly regarded analysis takes us through the full history of the origin and direction of one of America's most influential religious movements. For Marsden, fundamentalists are not just religious conservatives; they are conservatives who are willing to take a stand and to fight. In Marsden's words (borrowed by Jerry Falwell), "a fundamentalist is an evangelical who is angry about something." In the late nineteenth century American Protestantism was gradually dividing between liberals who were accepting new scientific and higher critical views that contradicted the Bible and defenders of the more traditional evangelicalism. By the 1920s a full-fledged "fundamentalist" movement had developed in protest against theological changes in the churches and changing mores in the culture. Building on networks of evangelists, Bible conferences, Bible institutes, and missions agencies, fundamentalists coalesced into a major protest movement that proved to have remarkable staying power. For this new edition, a major new chapter compares fundamentalism since the 1970s to the fundamentalism of the 1920s, looking particularly at the extraordinary growth in political emphasis and power of the more recent movement. Never has it been more important to understand the history of fundamentalism in our rapidly polarizing nation. Marsen's carefully researched and engrossing work remains the best way to do just that.
Category: Social Science

American Evangelicals

Author : Barry Hankins
ISBN : 9780742570269
Genre : History
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There may be no group in American society that is more talked about but so little understood as Evangelical Christians. Sometimes dismissed as violent fundamentalists and ignorant flat earthers, few can doubt the political, cultural, and religious significance of the Evangelicals. Barry Hankins puts the Evangelical movement in historical perspective, reaching back to its roots in the Great Awakening of the eighteenth century and leading up to the formative moments of contemporary conservative Protestantism. Taking on key topics such as the standing of science, the authority of scripture, and gender and racial equality, Hankins analyzes what is most essential for us to understand today about this potent movement.
Category: History

Religiosit T Die Dunkle Seite

Author : Christian Zwingmann
ISBN : 9783830986232
Genre : Philosophy
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Religion ist ein zutiefst ambivalentes Phänomen, das zugleich Chancen und Risiken birgt. Der vorliegende Band nimmt - auf empirischer Grundlage - explizit die Schattenseiten von Religiosität in den Blick. Dabei werden in drei Abschnitten Religiostät als individuelle Belastung, Religiosität als zwischenmenschliche Belastung und belastende Religiosität in spezifischen Kontexten untersucht. Im Einzelnen behandeln die insgesamt zehn Beiträge in diesem Band die folgenden Themen: negative Gottesbilder, 'ekklesiogene Neurose', religiöse/spirituelle Konflikte, rigides Kohärenzgefühl, Religiosität und Vorurteile bzw. 'gruppenbezogene Menschenfeindlichkeit', religiöser Fundamentalismus, Religiosität im Kontext sexuellen Missbrauchs, 'pathologische Religiosität' im psychiatrischen Kontext sowie Konflikte zwischen Religion und Schulmedizin.
Category: Philosophy

Training Disciplined Soldiers For Christ

Author : Tim W. Callaway
ISBN : 9781449789909
Genre : History
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The comparative scarcity of academic attention given Prairie Bible Institute located at Three Hills, Alberta, Canada, serves as the primary motivation behind this book. This work should therefore be regarded as an attempt to contribute to and refine the very small amount of research available regarding how Prairie Bible Institute’s first half-century should be understood and interpreted by students of North American church history. Drawing on an insider’s perspective of PBI, former PBI “staff kid” Tim W. Callaway challenges the adequacy and accuracy of Canadian scholar Dr. John G. Stackhouse, Jr.’s inference that the kind of “sectish evangelicalism” that typified PBI in the twentieth century was substantially different from the characteristics that define the traditional understanding of American fundamentalism. The undertaking contained in these pages advances the perspective that Prairie Bible Institute during the L.E. Maxwell era did in fact reflect the influence and attributes of American fundamentalism to a far greater extent than what Stackhouse allowed for in his research.
Category: History

Homespun Gospel

Author : Todd M. Brenneman
ISBN : 9780199988983
Genre : Religion
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Through an examination of the literary works of popular ministers Max Lucado, Rick Warren, and Joel Osteen, Todd M. Brenneman offers insight into a previously unexplored aspect of American evangelical identity: sentimentality.
Category: Religion

Hippies Of The Religious Right

Author : Preston Shires
ISBN : 9781932792577
Genre : Religion
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This volume demonstrates that the Christian Right has a surprising past. Historical analysis reveals that the countercultural movements and evangelicalism share a common heritage. Shires warns that political operatives in both parties need to heed this fact if they hope to either, in the case of the Republican Party, retain their evangelical constituency, or, in the case of the Democratic Party, recruit new evangelical voters.
Category: Religion

Drawn To The Gods

Author : David Feltmate
ISBN : 9781479890361
Genre : Performing Arts
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A new world of religious satire illuminated through the layers of religion and humor that make up the The Simpsons, South Park and Family Guy. Drawing on the worldviews put forth by three wildly popular animated shows – The Simpsons, South Park, and Family Guy– David Feltmate demonstrates how ideas about religion’s proper place in American society are communicated through comedy. The book includes discussion of a wide range of American religions, including Protestant and Catholic Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Native American Religions, New Religious Movements, “Spirituality,” Hinduism, and Atheism. Along the way, readers are shown that jokes about religion are influential tools for teaching viewers how to interpret and judge religious people and institutions. Feltmate, develops a picture of how each show understands and communicates what constitutes good religious practice as well as which traditions they seek to exclude on the basis of race and ethnicity, stupidity, or danger. From Homer Simpson’s spiritual journey during a chili-pepper induced hallucination to South Park’s boxing match between Jesus and Satan to Peter Griffin’s worship of the Fonz, each show uses humor to convey a broader commentary about the role of religion in public life. Through this examination, an understanding of what it means to each program to be a good religious American becomes clear. Drawn to the Gods is a book that both fans and scholars will enjoy as they expose the significance of religious satire in these iconic television programs.
Category: Performing Arts

Evangelical Millennialism In The Trans Atlantic World 1500 2000

Author : C. Gribben
ISBN : 9780230304611
Genre : History
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This book offers the first complete overview of the intellectual history of one of the most significant contemporary cultural trends – the apocalyptic expectations of European and American evangelicals – in an account that guides readers into the origins, its evolution, and its revolutionary potential in the modern world.
Category: History

Prophet Of Purpose

Author : Jeffery L. Sheler
ISBN : 9780385530552
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Rick Warren is arguably the most influential man in American religion today. Megachurch pastor, friend of world leaders, and trend-setting spiritual entrepreneur, he is widely recognized as the new public face of evangelical Christianity in America. No other modern churchman has matched his success as a leader and motivator of Christians. His book, The Purpose-Driven Life, is the bestselling nonfiction hardcover of all time, with more than 25 million copies sold. At a time when evangelicalism stands at a political and cultural crossroads, his stature continues to rise. But who is Rick Warren? What can be learned from the story of the man behind the message? And what does his life say about the state of Christianity today? Prophet of Purpose: The Life of Rick Warren traces the road Warren has traveled, the influences in his life, his trials and temptations, and the opposition he has encountered along the way. Honest, thorough, and insightful, it explores his spiritual coming of age during the turbulent 1960s, his principled determination to sit out the divisive battles between fundamentalists and moderates in the Southern Baptist Convention in the late 1970s, and his audacious endeavor in the 1980s to build a “church for people who hate church” in the suburbs of Los Angeles. From a handful of worshippers meeting in a tiny apartment, he grew a vibrant congregation of over 22,000 and a global network of pastors who follow his strategies for building churches and transforming lives. In this unofficial biography, Jeffery L. Sheler, who had unfettered access to Warren and those closest to him, presents an intimate portrait of Warren as a man of faith and vision but also of flesh and blood and human foibles–a pastor, communicator, philanthropist, and family man who is driven by a sense of divine purpose to complete the course his God has set before him. Prophet of Purpose brings Warren and his mission to life and provides a provocative glimpse into the potential future of Christianity in America. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Reforming Fundamentalism

Author : George M. Marsden
ISBN : 0802808700
Genre : Religion
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The story of the first twenty years of Fuller Seminary, recounted in Reforming Fundamentalism, tells of how these high aspirations clashed with the realities of American cultural and intellectual life and especially with the realities of American evangelicalism. Moreover, these conflicts were refracted through the institution's intriguing personalities--often with dramatic and in a sense tragic outcomes.
Category: Religion