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The Battle Against Modernism

Robert C. Fuller

in Naming the Antichrist

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780195109795
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853281 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109795.003.0005
The Battle Against Modernism

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This chapter takes up the growth of pre-millennial thought in the fundamentalist movement of the 20th century. By the late 1800s, modernism had hit full stride. Rapid advances in the natural sciences, the emergence of the social sciences such as psychology and sociology, and the startling discoveries of biblical scholarship combined to create a new intellectual climate that fostered secular humanism. Many conservative Christians, however, were quick to recognize the work of the Prince of Apostasy in these seductive teachings. By 1920, a new coalition of pre-millennial Protestants emerged with a fully articulated and biblically based chronology for the end times. Known as fundamentalists, they were called upon to do “battle royal” for Christ in his urgent quest to eradicate the modernist, secularist, and humanistic forms in which the Antichrist proudly paraded across American intellectual life. What distinguishes fundamentalism from mainline Protestant denominations is its opposition to the 20th century's principal intellectual trends.

Keywords: Antichrist; modernism; humanism; Christians; Protestants; fundamentalism; Christ; Prince of Apostasy; natural sciences; social sciences

Chapter.  11980 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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