A Thriving Popular Movement

Joen A. Carpenter

in Revive Us Again

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780195129076
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853274 | DOI:
A Thriving Popular Movement

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How was fundamentalism faring by the end of the 1920s? Many observers judged that fundamentalism was rapidly declining and would soon die out altogether. Indeed, the movement was in retreat. Without a doubt it had lost influence and respect. Yet fundamentalism remained a viable grassroots religious movement and it prospered as such in the 1930s, in spite of its defeats and disgrace. However, this chapter argues that the reality was that the movement was thriving; it was developing a complex and widespread institutional network to sustain its activities. Indeed, perhaps the best way to think about the fundamentalist movement and its location in the American social, cultural, and religious landscapes is to remember these interconnections: the ties between people and institutions, the collective interests and concerns being expressed, and the mutual involvement in religious projects.

Keywords: fundamentalism; crusade; religious movement; Gospel; Protestantism

Chapter.  9916 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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