Fundamentalism is a relatively new brand of Protestantism started in America that has attracted a tremendous following, including many fallen away Catholics.
How did this popular movement originate? The history of Fundamentalism may be viewed as having three main phases:
The first lasted a generation, from the 1890s to the Scopes "Monkey Trial" of 1925. In this period, Fundamentalism emerged as a reaction to liberalizing trends in American Protestantism; it broke off, but never completely, from Evangelicalism, of which it may be considered one wing.
In its second phase, it passed from public view, but never actually disappeared or even lost ground.
Finally, Fundamentalism came to the nation’s attention again around 1970, and it has enjoyed considerable growth ever since.
This tract provides a closer examination of the origins, fundamental beliefs and distinguishing marks of Fundamentalism.
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