Book Review: Fundamentalism And American Culture

Edge Induced Cohesion

Fundamentalism And American Culture, by George M. Marsden

I do not believe there is a large market for a book like this one.  That is not to say in any way that this book is not good.  It is, in fact, a great book, a book that demonstrates both the author’s ambivalent thinking towards American fundamentalism as well as the author’s clear mastery of relevant sources (which is demonstrated subtly in the entertaining graphics from various fundamentalist press, especially “The King’s Business,” that are sprinkled throughout this volume).  Yet it is the sort of great book that it is not always easy to appreciate for a variety of reasons.  For one, the author writes in a highly technical fashion that demonstrates him as a scholar of religion but not one who (in this case) is aiming at a wide audience.  Likewise, the author’s ambivalence towards fundamentalism will likely alienate both…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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