13 December 2010
Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism
Marsden, George. Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1991.
This book was recommended to me, and I was shocked to discover that it was available at my public library. I have been very interested in studying the roots of Fundamentalism and the split between Fundamentalists and Evangelicals.
This book reads much like a history textbook. The information is fairly interesting, although I will have to admit that I began skimming about halfway through the book. I wished there had been more details about Fundamentalism specifically; I was hoping for more information about the movement in the last 100 years.
Having spent twelve years in the Fundamentalist world, specifically in the realm of education, I was already familiar with most of the information in this book, so it did not hold my interest as long as it might have otherwise. I'm sure it would be a great resource or starting point for a person who is unfamiliar with Fundamentalism, but a person who spent any amount of time with history textbooks from Christian schools need not bother.