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A Window on the World

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/9780195129076.003.0006
A Window on the World

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The “meaning” with which fundamentalists invested their lives has been colored with distinctive views of history, the church, current affairs, and the future. Fundamentalism's world view has been deeply shaded by its understanding of the world's ultimate fate, the end of all things toward which history and contemporary events were leading. During the years of the Great Depression and the coming of the Second World War, these apocalyptic visions gained fresh plausibility. Fundamentalists' sense of being separated from the world thus carried with it a belief that they were destined to be God's faithful remnant as the world hurtled toward its doom. This outlook provided a dramatic, mythic backdrop for their stance toward the rest of the world.

Keywords: fundamentalists; Jews; Great Depression; Second World War; world's end; deliverance

Chapter.  10419 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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