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Fundamentalist UKeeping the Faith in American Higher Education$
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Adam Laats

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190665623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190665623.001.0001

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Higher (Power) Education

(p.1) Introduction
Fundamentalist U

Adam Laats

Oxford University Press

Protestant fundamentalism has had no denominational boards and no higher organizational authority. In their absence, institutions of higher education have often served as the forums in which conservative evangelicals debated the meanings of their faith. They have also become vital centers for political and cultural activism. From the 1920s through the 1980s, colleges, universities, Bible institutes, and seminaries have been the hubs of a loosely connected network of evangelical and fundamentalist churches and organizations. In many ways, the institutional needs of higher education have shaped fundamentalist religion, politics, and culture just as much as fundamentalist religion has shaped a distinctive sort of school.

Keywords:   fundamentalism, evangelicalism, higher education, conservatism, culture wars

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