Chapter

The Separatist Impulse

Joen A. Carpenter

in Revive Us Again

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780195129076
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853274 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195129076.003.0003
The Separatist Impulse

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During the 1930s, the fundamentalists were in a situation that resembled the dilemma their ancestors, the Puritans, had faced three hundred years earlier. The Puritans had wanted to reform the English church and nation, but they were increasingly disillusioned about ever being able to carry that agenda forward. Like the Puritans, fundamentalists only gradually developed a sense of alienation. They did not suddenly discover in the 1930s that mainline Protestantism and modern American life were at odds with their convictions. This chapter looks more closely at the combination of distinctive traits and experiences that fed their growing sense of estrangement in order to understand the complex sense of marginality that animated fundamentalists in the 1930s.

Keywords: separatist movement; fundamentalist network; Protestantism; Puritans; prophetic pessimism

Chapter.  11626 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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