Fighting Fundamentalist: Carl McIntire and the Politicization of American Fundamentalism by Markku RuotsilaFighting Fundamentalist: Carl McIntire and the Politicization of American Fundamentalism by Markku Ruotsila

Fighting Fundamentalist: Carl McIntire and the Politicization of American Fundamentalism

byMarkku Ruotsila

Hardcover | December 15, 2015

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For most of his sixty-year career, the Reverend Carl McIntire was at the center of controversy. The best-known and most influential of the fundamentalist radio broadcasters and anticommunists of the Cold War era, his many enemies depicted him as a dangerous far rightist, a racist, or a"McCarthyite" opportunist engaged in red-baiting for personal profit. Despised and hounded by liberals, revered by fundamentalists, and distrusted by the center, he became a lightning rod in the early days of America's culture wars. Markku Ruotsila's Fighting Fundamentalist, the first scholarly biography of McIntire, peels off the accumulated layers of caricature and makes a case for restoring McIntire to his place as one of the most consequential religious leaders in the twentieth-century United States. Ruotsila tracesMcIntire's life from his early twentieth-century childhood in Oklahoma to his death in 2002. From his discipleship under J. Gresham Machen during the fundamentalist-modernist controversy, through his fifty-year pastorate in Collingswood, New Jersey, and his presidency of the International Council ofChristian Churches, McIntire, Ruotsila shows, stands out as the most important fundamentalist of his time. Drawing on exhaustive research in fifty-two archival collections - including the recently opened collection of the Carl McIntire papers and never-before-seen FBI files - Ruotsila looks beyond the McIntire of legend to discover a serious theological, political, and economic combatant, a tirelessorganizer who pioneered the public theologies, inter-faith alliances, and political methods that would give birth to the Christian Right. The moral values agenda of the 1970s and after would not have existed, Ruotsila shows, without the anti-communist and anti-New Deal activism that McIntire inaugurated. Indeed, twentieth-century American religious and political history were profoundly shaped by forces McIntire set in motion. FightingFundamentalist tells the overlooked story of McIntire and the movement he inspired.
Markku Ruotsila (Ph.D., Cambridge) teaches American church history at the University of Helsinki in Finland. He has written widely on twentieth-century evangelicalism, fundamentalism, and anticommunism and has worked as visiting Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, and as a visiting scholar at New York Uni...
Title:Fighting Fundamentalist: Carl McIntire and the Politicization of American FundamentalismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.41 × 6.42 × 1.1 inPublished:December 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Beginnings: The Making of a Fundamentalist2. Come-Outer: The Twentieth Century Reformation Movement3. Leading the Charge: The Making of Christian Libertarianism4. Cold Warrior: The Worldwide Fight for Liberation5. Exposing Red Clergy: McCarthyism in the Churches6. Massive Resistance: Struggles for Civil Rights7. Under Siege: The Radical Right Years8. "Kill a Commie": Marching for Victory in Vietnam9. Broadening the Agenda: Towards the New Christian Right10. Prophet Forsaken: The Last YearsEpilogue: Carl McIntire's LegacyManuscript Collections ConsultedNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Obstinate, opportunistic, and manic in his quest for attention and power, Carl McIntire was the ultimate warrior for Cold War Christianity. Exhibiting a very different temperament, Markku Ruotsila offers an impressively patient and subtle reading of this controversial cleric and his turbulentcareer. Ruotsila's deft handling of McIntire, and the tangled web of theologies, political interests, sincerities and inner demons that shaped his life, allows for a compelling and instructive re-visiting of Protestant fundamentalism as it transitioned out of the cultural margins of the GreatDepression into the political limelight as the culture wars' indomitable Religious Right." --Darren Dochuk, University of Notre Dame