Fundamentalism And Evangelicals

Paperback | March 6, 2008

byHarriet A. Harris

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This study examines the contentious claim that much evangelicalism is fundamentalist in character. Within Protestantism, the term `fundamentalism' denotes not only a movement but also a mentality which has greatly affected evangelicals, and which involves preserving as factual a reading ofscripture as possible. Here the development and dismantling of the fundamentalist mentality is examined in light of philosophical influences upon evangelicalism over the last three centuries, notably: Common Sense Realism, neo-Calvinism, and modern hermeneutical philosophy. Particular attention ispaid to James Barr's critique of fundamentalism and to evangelical rejoinders. Harriet A. Harris proposes that the fundamentalist mentality does not do justice to evangelical experience since it is more concerned with the Bible's factual truthfulness than with its life-giving effects. An appendix on Global Fundamentalism brings together two rarely united fields of study:Protestant fundamentalism's relation to evangelicalism, and its relation to resurgent movements in other religions.

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This study examines the contentious claim that much evangelicalism is fundamentalist in character. Within Protestantism, the term `fundamentalism' denotes not only a movement but also a mentality which has greatly affected evangelicals, and which involves preserving as factual a reading ofscripture as possible. Here the development and...

Harriet A. Harris is Lecturer in Theological Studies at the University of Exeter.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.9 inPublished:March 6, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Relation of Fundamentalism to Evangelicalism: A Historical Approach2. The Relation of Fundamentalism to Evangelicalism: A British Critique3. The Fundamentalist Mentality: Its Philosophical Roots4. The Fundamentalist Mentality Among Evangelicals5. Fundamentalist Apologetics and Evangelical Experience6. The Dutch Influence7. Kuyperians and Warfieldians8. Rescinding Fundamentalism? Evangelicals and HermeneuticsConclusion

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`[Harris] handles an astonishing variety of material - historical, theological, and philosophical - in a scholarly and judicious manner.'Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theory