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Separated unto the Gospel

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/9780195129076.003.0005
Separated unto the Gospel

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Fundamentalists taught that living a separated life implied two distinct actions: pulling away from the world and its values, and drawing closer to Jesus Christ to become his disciple. It is common to think about fundamentalism in reference to the first part of this formula—as a separatistic, militantly reactionary, and radically biblicist persuasion. But fundamentalism has a softer, more experiential side as well. This chapter explores the fundamentalist piety in order to gain a better understanding of the “separated life”. Fundamentalist piety was dominated by two spiritual experiences: conversion, or the New Birth, as it was often called; and an event subsequent to conversion commonly called entering into the “higher Christian life.” These two experiences did much to shape the fundamentalist movement's structure, ethos, and sense of mission.

Keywords: fundamentalists; separated life; Born-again Christians; Jesus Christ; Keswick movement

Chapter.  6275 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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