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The Roots of Fundamentalism: British and American Millenarianism, 1800-1930

The Roots of Fundamentalism: British and American Millenarianism, 1800-1930

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by Ernest R. Sandeen
     
 

Ernest Sandeen’s Roots of Fundamentalism remains a landmark work in the history of religion. A National Book Award finalist, it was the first full-length study to present an intellectual historical critique of the Fundamentalist movement in America. Sandeen argues that our understanding of this movement has been grievously distorted by the

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Ernest Sandeen’s Roots of Fundamentalism remains a landmark work in the history of religion. A National Book Award finalist, it was the first full-length study to present an intellectual historical critique of the Fundamentalist movement in America. Sandeen argues that our understanding of this movement has been grievously distorted by the Fundamentalist-Modernist debate of the 1920s, as symbolized by William Jennings Bryan and the Scopes trial. Rather than viewing Fundamentalism as a chiefly sociological phenomenon of the 1920s, Sandeen argues from a transatlantic perspective that the Fundamentalist movement “was a self-conscious, structured, long-lived dynamic entity” that had its origins in Anglo-American millenarian thought and movements of the nineteenth century.
         
"All historians need to face the issues [this book] raises. Serious theological discussion of Fundamentalism tends to be neglected because it is intellectually unfashionable: Mr. Sandeen shows that for the historian such neglect is a luxury he cannot afford.”—David M. Thompson, English Historical Review
 

“Sandeen’s ‘new approach to Fundamentalism’ eschews the common tendency to see the movement as parochially American, rurally based, and essentially a phenomenon of the twenties. . . . It is a highly valuable addition to American and—more singularly—to comparative theological history.”—William R. Hutchinson, Journal of American History 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226734682
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/15/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Ernest R. Sandeen (1931–82) was the James Wallace Professor of History and codirector of the Living Historical Museum at Macalester College.

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The Roots of Fundamentalism: British and American Millenarianism, 1800-1930 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book on the history of Fundamentalism. Well written. Sandeen can be a little wordy and uses words that aren't especially popular today, but a fine work.