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Fundamentalism and Anti-Catholicism in Inter-War English Evangelicalism

Maiden, John (2013). Fundamentalism and Anti-Catholicism in Inter-War English Evangelicalism. In: Bebbington, David and Jones, David Ceri eds. Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism in the United Kingdom during the Twentieth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 151–170.

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This chapter contributes to the ongoing debate about the relationship between fundamentalism and evangelicalism. It assesses the ways in which anti-Catholicism shaped British fundamentalism during the interwar period, refering to the framework provided by Marty and Appelby in their groundbreaking Fundamentalism Project. It shows how anti-Catholicism influenced British fundamentalism’s reactionary-militant outlook, its millenialism, its naming, dramatising and mythologizing of enemies and its celebration of distinctiveness. However, it also shows how anti-Catholicism fostered a wider sense of unity within evangelicalism and a determination to protect their denominations from 'Rome'. Thus anti-Catholicism also acted as a break on separatist tendencies in British evangelicalism, in constrast to the dynamics of evangelical fundamentalism in the US.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2013 Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0-19-966483-8, 978-0-19-966483-2
Keywords: evangelicalism; fundamentalism; interwar period
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 30589
Depositing User: John Maiden
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2011 11:50
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 12:31
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