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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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Cold Warrior

Cold Warrior

The Worldwide Fight for Liberation

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Fighting Fundamentalist

Markku Ruotsila

Oxford University Press

This chapter covers the years 1948 to 1953, when McIntire took the lead in pushing the fundamentalist movement out of its old isolationism and into the thick of Cold War foreign policy contention. The chapter follows his and his organizations’ efforts for a foreign policy of rollback and liberation and tracks the political alliances that McIntire and his associates made in the process. Among the themes covered are the background to the American Council of Christian Churches’ 1948 manifesto calling for rearmament and the first use of nuclear weapons, its involvement in the early 1950s’ contention over who “lost” China, the Bible Balloon Project, and McIntire’s secret plans for establishing a presence as a nongovernmental organization (NGO) at the United Nations for his International Council of Christian Churches.

Keywords:   fundamentalism, evangelicalism, liberation, rollback, Cold War, ecumenicism, anticommunism, anti-Catholicism, United Nations

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