Global and Local

Article by Cecil M. Robeck Jr.

As the message of Pentecost spread, it adapted to fit existing cultures. Korean Pentecostals, for instance, frequently climb “prayer mountains” for pre-sunrise prayer services, a reflection of a pre-Christian past. At Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, reputedly the world’s largest church, parishioners recite the Apostles’ Creed, pray or sing the Lord’s Prayer, and pray …

Insiders Look at Fundamentalism

Article by Martin E. Marty

A new book, The Fundamentalist Phenomenon: The Resurgence of Conservative Christianity (Doubleday-Galilee, 269 pp., $13.95), reveals the intensity of the power struggle in reactionary Protestantism and the dilemmas of leadership within that faction. Authors Ed Dobson and Ed Hindson, professors at Liberty Baptist College in Virginia, base their reasonably balanced effort to define and locate …

The Fundamentalist Surge in Latin America

Article by Penny Lernoux

Two decades ago, when Protestant fundamentalists and evangelicals were regarded as religious “crazies” in many parts of Catholic Latin America, converts tended to keep their religion to themselves. ‘People didn’t admit to being evangelical,” recalled an evangelical pastor in Bogotá, “because they feared they would be rejected by their neighbors and employers.” Today when, in …

The World of Fundamentalism

Article by Robert Wuthnow

Hang around mainline churches for a while and sooner or later you’ll hear worried remarks about fundamentalists. Stories of their tactics and foibles frequent the newspapers. Some of their leaders broadcast regularly on radio and television. But what exactly is fundamentalism? Do journalists have it straight? Or have we been receiving misleading information? Thanks to …