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Fighting FundamentalistCarl McIntire and the Politicization of American Fundamentalism$
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Markku Ruotsila

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199372997

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199372997.001.0001

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(p.285) Epilogue
Fighting Fundamentalist

Markku Ruotsila

Oxford University Press

This final chapter summarizes the book’s argument, namely that there is a long continuity in fundamentalist Christian engagement with US and world politics that goes back to the 1930s, that this political engagement emerged originally over faith-based opposition to the New Deal and was perpetuated in the Cold War era’s faith-based anticommunism. More significantly, it was Carl McIntire and his grassroots separatist fundamentalist followers rather than his more moderate and elite-oriented new evangelical rivals who forged a close alliance with Republican conservatives in the latter 1950s, an enduring alliance that fed directly into the 1970s emergence of the New Right and the New Christian Right.

Keywords:   fundamentalism, evangelicalism, anticommunism, ecumenicism, conservatism, Christian Right, free enterprise, mainline Protestantism, theological liberalism

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