Can Fundamentalism Win America?

Joen A. Carpenter

in Revive Us Again

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780195129076
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853274 | DOI:
Can Fundamentalism Win America?

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In June 1947, Harold John Ockenga, the former president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), published a short article titled “Can Fundamentalism Win America?” Ockenga bluntly told his readers that in its current state, fundamentalism could never win America. It was divisive and utterly incapable of “cooperative action”; and it stood aloof with a negative social ethic “in an hour of crying social problems.” Ockenga's purpose in mounting these criticisms emerged only at the end of the article, where he pointed to a ray of hope for the winning of America: the “spirit of cooperation, of mutual faith, of progressive action, and of ethical responsibility” that he saw in the NAE.

Keywords: National Association of Evangelicals; fundamentalism; Harold Ockenga; Protestantism; America; New England

Chapter.  11808 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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