Breaking Away

Article by Amy Johnson Frkyholm

  Books Reviewed: Born Again and Again: Surprising Gifts of a Fundamentalist Childhood. By Jon Sweeney. Paraclete, 160 pp. Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith. By Martha Beck. Three Rivers, 320 pp., paperback. My Fundamentalist Education: A Memoir of a Divine Girlhood. By Christine Rosen. Public Affairs, 240 pp. …

Dinosaurs in the Garden

Article by Jason Byassee

Fundamentalists are often justly lampooned for being uncritical about matters of history and science. I have heard young-earth creationists haplessly respond to questions about dinosaur bones by suggesting that they were planted by the devil to test believers’ faith or fabricated by scientists with an axe to grind against God. Sooner or later creationists’ kids …

Falwell and Followers

Article by R. Jonathan Moore

The Book of Jerry Falwell: Fundamentalist Language and Politics By Susan Friend Harding. Princeton University Press, 352 pp., also in paperback. Many of us expect perfection from America’s religious leaders and then quickly pounce on them when they are inevitably revealed as no better than human. The discovery of Jesse Jackson’s adultery provided the most …

Fundamentalism Around the World

Article by Max L. Stackhouse

One can, however, find fundamentalist-like movements in almost every period of the church’s history, and today the evangelistic zeal of American fundamentalism has taken the movement to every continent where some indigenous Christian groups have welcomed it. Fundamentalism essentially applies to those who have split off from modern Christianity’s mainline developments; these dissenters hold to …

Fundamentalism in the World

Article by Robert Wuthnow

BOOK REVIEW: Fundamentalisms Observed, ed. by Martin E. Martyand R. Scott Appleby (University of Chicago Press, 872 pp., $40.00. In addition to enhancing our understanding of fundamentalism in the U.S., Fundamentalisms Observed, edited by Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby (University of Chicago Press, 872 pp., $40.00), demonstrates the extent to which fundamentalism is …