Book Review: Understanding Fundamentalism And Evangelicalism

Edge Induced Cohesion

Understanding Fundamentalism And Evangelicalism, by George M. Marsden

It was not until getting to near the end of this book that I really appreciated it.  As someone who is on the outskirts of both fundamentalist and evangelical culture, largely through my biblicist worldview and devouring of books by publishers who appeal to various holiness and evangelical audiences, while maintaining a strong denominational loyalty at the same time which has an ambivalent relationship with both of these traditions, I am not sure to consider myself an outsider or an insider to these particular traditions.  And I wondered the same about the author as well, seeing it generally problematic for people to write books as outsiders, since, as the author points out, a great deal of oversimplifying and misrepresenting goes on when this is done.  At the end, though, I realized that while the author might consider himself somewhat of an outsider…

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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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