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Antifundamentalism in Modern America$
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David Harrington Watt

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448270

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448270.001.0001

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Antifundamentalism in Modern America

David Harrington Watt

Cornell University Press

This chapter studies three classic expressions of early antifundamentalism: Harry Emerson Fosdick's “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” (a 1922 sermon), Kirsopp Lake's The Religion of Yesterday and To-morrow (1925), and Frederick Lewis Allen's Only Yesterday (1931). Fosdick, Lake, and Allen were all Protestants who held progressive views on the religious controversies of their day. Although they sometimes professed a certain amount of respect for fundamentalists, Fosdick, Lake, and Allen were not completely sure that fundamentalists were their intellectual equals; they tended to view them with a certain degree of condescension. Fosdick, Lake, and Allen were certain that the doctrines to which the fundamentalists subscribed were outdated and in the process of being replaced by more sophisticated ideas that better accorded with the modern world.

Keywords:   antifundamentalism, Harry Emerson Fosdick, Kirsopp Lake, Frederick Lewis Allen, Protestants, progressive views, modern world

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