Reforming Fundamentalism Fuller Seminary and the New

Reforming Fundamentalism Fuller Seminary and the New

Reforming Fundamentalism Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism [Epub] ➞ Reforming Fundamentalism Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism By George M. Marsden – A seuel and companion to the author's widely aclaimed Fundamentalism and American Culture this book uses the history of Fuller Theological Seminary as a lens through which to focus an examination of t A seuel and companion to the Fuller Seminary Kindle Ï author's widely aclaimed Fundamentalism and American Culture this book uses the history of Fuller Theological Seminary as a lens through which to focus an examination of the broader story of evangelicalism and fundamentalism since the s.

10 thoughts on “Reforming Fundamentalism Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism

  1. Scott Scott says:

    Fantastic When it comes to American evangelical history Marsden is king I was also reminded on this read what a joy it is to read religious history from someone who actually understands theology and the importance that theology plays in historical cause and effect

  2. JM JM says:

    You can't really rival George Marsden when it comes to understanding the makings of modern conservative Christianity Thoughtful engaging and erudite this book obviously bears the marks of the great historianWhile history books can have a reputation for being dry Reforming Fundamentalism is none of that In fact it reads like a novel Marsden shows his skill as a master story teller Reforming Fundamentalism is the story of the founding of Evangelicalism centering around the movement's main institution Fuller Seminary and the crew of brilliant minds teaching there during its first several years of operation The seminary and its followers attempted to achieve acceptance in the academy and maintain orthodox convictions but they felt they could only accomplish this through distancing themselves from the strident forms of Fundamentalism and infiltrating liberal denominations with their graduates To attain acceptance in the academy Fuller struggled and at times refused to anchor itself with a firm statement of beliefs Unfortunately for the institution that lack of anchor drifted it into rocky waters such as the inerrancy thus creating a rift in EvangelicalismOne weakness this book shows is using only Fuller to understand the larger Evangelicalism Fuller has strong ReformedPrinceton roots as Marsden points out However at several places Marsden seems to read these institutional roots into the larger Evangelicalism This reductionism simply does not explain all the facts If a Reformed heritage was the only background of Evangelicalism why was Leslie R Marston a Free Methodist bishop an early NAE leader? Why were Mennonites and First Wave Pentecostals among the original members of the NAE? While a Reformed background is a strong probably the strongest motif in early Evangelicalism it is too simplistic to read that into the whole movement

  3. John John says:

    Such a good read—almost like a novel And such a sad sad story of the leftward slide of an evangelical institution that has little resemblance left of biblical Christianity There are lessons on faithfulness and fidelity to learn from if we have eyes to see them

  4. Neil Neil says:

    Explains why evangelicalism cannot exist in contact with critical thought or academic excellence

  5. Matthew Richey Matthew Richey says:

    I found this book interesting for 2 reasons First having been on hand for the falling apartbreak up of a seminary myself I found this record of the founding struggles tensions and blow up of Fuller Seminary fascinating and illuminating Secondly I believe studying history is an exercise of getting to know oneself better As the son of parents raisedsaved into fundamentalist churches who slowly moved away from some of the radical elements of their upbringing and would now identify as evangelicals but be hesitant to claim fundamentalist because of some connotations this record of the break up between the fundamentalist and progressive factions at Fuller Seminary was helpful in understanding my own history This isn't for everyone because I could see how the subject wouldn't be interesting for many but if you are an evangelical or you have fundamentalist andor evangelical roots this could be helpful in understanding some of the tensions and background to the fundamentalist and neo evangelical movements If you haven't read Marsden's Fundamentalism and Evangelical Culture yet read that first so good but this would be a great follow up Marsden is an excellent historian and writer and these are on full display here I felt he was fair and balanced to both sides of the splitbreak up between Fuller and Fundamentalism Five stars because I can't imagine anyone writing on this topic better than Marsden does here

  6. Andrew McNeely Andrew McNeely says:

    Here is the telling history of not only Fuller Seminary but also the evolution of the “neo evangelicalism” in early to mid 20th century America Marsden spells out the history in dramatic prose making the read an adventurous one The narrative flows out of a post WWII history of Fuller Seminary struggling to find its evangelical identity as an institution that desires to separate from the Christian fundamentalist ethos How can a higher academic institution affirm strict positions on issues like “biblical inerrancy” while pursuing respect from the wider academic community? The characters in this history attempted to do just that

  7. James Ruley James Ruley says:

    This work by Marsden examines the establishment and fragmentation of the “new” evangelicalism through the lens of Fuller Seminary The work explains the origins of Fuller as well as its challenges and eventual doctrinal drift over the years Although the work was interesting and a helpful example of how evangelicalism evolved the precise example of Fuller does not feel as relevant for explaining the movements development as a straight up history of it would have been Interesting and helpful but not incredible

  8. John John says:

    I'm probably interested in institutional histories than most readers but this is really an interesting account of the clash of personalities politics and theology during the early days of Fuller Seminary Marsden does a good job of being as objective as possible between the conservatives and the moderates

  9. Joey Joey says:

    Excellent book covering the history of Fuller Theological Seminary from about the 1940's through the 1970's focusing primarily on Fuller's role in the broader issues separatism inerrancy scholarship facing Fundamentalism and later New Evangelicalism This is one of the first books I've read for a while that I literally couldn't put down George Marsden is a great writer of historyFuller was founded to be an evangelical seminary theologically Reformed in the tradition of the old Princeton Seminary The early founders were all out of the Fundamentalist movement but they were frustrated by some of the anti intellectualism that they saw in the movement They desired to create a seminary that would be a center of Christian thought bringing evangelical scholarship back into the mainstreamParticularly saddening is the story of the career setbacks and psychological struggles of Fuller's second president Edward John CarnellThe last part of this book covers the criticism of Fuller Seminary's view on inerrancy in the 70's by its former professor Harold Lindsell in his book The Battle for the BibleSome of the key players in this book include the followingFoundersCharles E FullerHarold John Ockenga the first president of FullerFounding faculty at FullerHarold LindsellCarl FH HenryEverett F HarrisonWilbur M SmithLater presidents of FullerEdward John CarnellDavid Allan HubbardLater faculty at FullerCharles J WoodbridgeBela VassadyDaniel P FullerPaul King JewettGeorge Eldon LaddGleason L Archer JrWilliam Sanford LasorGeoffrey William BromileyFundamentalists critical of the new school and the New EvangelicalismJohn R RiceCarl McIntireEarly supporter of the school Billy GrahamAs a side note for those interested in the ministry of John Piper though he is not mentioned in this book he was greatly influenced by the men in this book Piper was called to the ministry through hearing a radio sermon by Harold J Ockenga and he attended Fuller Theological Seminary from 1968 71 Piper has said that some of the books that have most influenced his theology preaching were written by Daniel P Fuller and George Eldon Ladd

  10. Todd Miles Todd Miles says:

    Fantastic book A must read for any seminarian or student of the history of evangelicalism in the West Marsden in a scholarly and balanced fashion chronicles the founding and first decades of Fuller Seminary The intra church struggles interpersonal struggles and the vision and pushback of the leaders was absolutely fascinating The debate over inerrancy the flirtation with higher criticism and the desire to be respected by the Academy all serve as a warning for seminaries that care about the truth Fuller found itself on a slippery slope sliding downward The result is that the professors who initially pushed for change would be horrified by where the seminary is now

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