Synopses & Reviews
This study examines the contentious claim that much evangelicalism is fundamentalist in character. Within Protestantism, the term "fundamentalism" denotes not only a movement but also a mentality which has greatly affected evangelicals, and which involves preserving as factual a reading of scripture as possible. Here the development and dismantling of the fundamentalist mentality is examined in light of philosophical influences upon evangelicalism over the last three centuries, notably: Common Sense, Realism, neo-Calvinism, and modern hermeneutical philosophy. Particular attention is paid to James Barr's critique of fundamentalism and to evangelical rejoinders.
"Review from previous edition She handles an astonishing variety of material - historical, theological, and philosophical - in a scholarly and judicious manner."--Tim Grass, Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theory
"It will help a new generation of conservative evangelicals understand the roots of their beliefs."--The Door
"Impressive book... an analysis of extremely complex issues, which can only be helpful in carrying the debate forward."--Howard C. Bigg, Anvil
"As an academic work it is robust and to be welcomed."--The Expository Times
"Harris has written a brilliantly distinguished book, deeply informative and incisively argued. It stands head and shoulders above the general run of literature about fundamentalism...She shows a quite exceptionally detailed knowledge of evangelical and fundamentalist thinking, personalities and literature, and the perspective is very up to date ... Her arguments are clear and powerful; where she differs from my own past judgements, I generally accept her correction."--James Barr, Journal of Theological Studies
"All evangelicals who care about their faith, and who believe it to be true, should read this book and grapple with the issues which it raises. It is not by any means the last word on the subject, but it surely deserves to become the first word in a new debate about who we Evangelicals are and where we are going."--Gerald Bray, Churchman
"Arguments and theories are largely presented in the words of their exponents, and often commented on with refreshing lucidity, revealing a masterly freedom of acquaintance ... Definitely not for the faint-hearted; but to the persistent, enormously rewarding."--John Peck, Christianity and Society
"Harriet Harris' thoughtful study ... well repays the close reading its weighty argument deserves."--Mark Noll, Books and Culture
"Fundamentalism and Evangelicals is a revealing and fascinating book.
About the Author
Harriet A. Harris is Lecturer in Theological Studies at the University of Exeter.