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Antifundamentalism in Modern America

David Harrington Watt


This book provides a pathbreaking account of the role that the fear of fundamentalism has played—and continues to play—in American culture. Fundamentalism has never been a neutral category of analysis, and the book scrutinizes the various political purposes that the concept has been made to serve. In 1920, the conservative Baptist writer Curtis Lee Laws coined the word “fundamentalists.” The book examines the antifundamentalist polemics of Harry Emerson Fosdick, Talcott Parsons, Stanley Kramer, and Richard Hofstadter, which convinced many Americans that religious fundamentalists were almost by ... More

Keywords: fundamentalism, American culture, antifundamentalist polemics, religious fundamentalists, Protestant Christians, Protestant fundamentalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780801448270
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801448270.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Harrington Watt, author
Temple University