By David Harrington Watt
David Harrington Watt's Antifundamentalism in smooth America supplies us a pathbreaking account of the function that the phobia of fundamentalism has played—and keeps to play—in American tradition. Fundamentalism hasn't ever been a impartial class of research, and Watt scrutinizes a few of the political reasons that the idea that has been made to serve. In 1920, the conservative Baptist author Curtis Lee legislation coined the observe "fundamentalists." Watt examines the antifundamentalist polemics of Harry Emerson Fosdick, Talcott Parsons, Stanley Kramer, and Richard Hofstadter, which confident many americans that spiritual fundamentalists have been virtually through definition backward, illiberal, and anti-intellectual and that fundamentalism was once a perilous kind of faith that had no valid position within the smooth international.
For virtually fifty years, the concept that of fundamentalism was once associated nearly solely to Protestant Christians. The overthrow of the Shah of Iran and the institution of an Islamic republic resulted in a extra elastic figuring out of the character of fundamentalism. within the past due Seventies and early Eighties, american citizens turned familiar with utilizing fundamentalism as a fashion of conversing approximately Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists, in addition to Christians. Many americans got here to work out Protestant fundamentalism as an expression of a bigger phenomenon that was once wreaking havoc world wide. Antifundamentalism in glossy America is the 1st publication to supply an summary of how that the terror of fundamentalism has formed U.S. tradition, and it'll lead readers to reconsider their realizing of what fundamentalism is and what it does.
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Antifundamentalism in Modern America by David Harrington Watt