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Reforming Fundamentalism

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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.
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Overview

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.
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Marsden's purpose is to show that the history of Fuller (founded 1947) clarifies the evangelical movement it was designed to serve. A risky undertaking for most authors, but Marsden convinces us that Fuller's origins in the fundamentalist-modernist debate, its movement from separatism to engagement with mainline Protestantism, and its attempt to define biblical inspiration in a critical age combine to make it a microcosm of contemporary evangelicalism. Inevitably, the focus on Fuller downplays other individuals and institutions that have ``reformed'' fundamentalism. But overall, Marsden makes his case. John R. Muether, Westminster Theological Seminary Lib., Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802808707
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/5/1995
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 0.77 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition: The Contested History of Fuller Seminary
Preface to the First Edition: The Shaping of a History
Abbreviations Used in the Notes
Introduction: Fundamentalists, Evangelicals, and the New Evangelicals 1
I Fundamentalist Stars 13
II The History before the History 31
III Rebuilding Western Civilization 53
IV Redefining the Fundamentalist Mission 69
V Evangelism 83
VI The Legacy of Fundamentalist Militancy 94
VII 1950-1954: Amid the Fundamentalist Ethos 119
VIII The Perils of New Departures 141
IX The New Evangelicalism 153
X The Tensions of the New Evangelical 172
XI The Crisis and the Turning 197
XII The Changing of the Guard 220
XIII End of an Era 245
Epilogue: The Mega-Seminary 263
Sequel: The Last Battle with Fundamentalism 277
Appendix: How Evangelicalism Has Changed 299
Index 313
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