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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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Learn One for the Gipper

Learn One for the Gipper

(p.242) 9 Learn One for the Gipper
Fundamentalist U

Adam Laats

Oxford University Press

By the late 1970s, fundamentalist schools no longer pretended to stand aloof from electoral politics. But though pundits and scholars tended to think of this as something new, it actually represented a continuation of a long tradition. Since the 1920s, evangelical and fundamentalist campuses had always been hotbeds of political thought and activism, usually along conservative lines. Similarly, by the 1970s a new debate split creationists, with fundamentalists often insisting on young-earth beliefs and evangelicals hoping for a more profound engagement with mainstream science. The angry split between young-earth creationist fundamentalists and progressive creationist evangelicals reinforced the long running feud at all conservative-evangelical institutions.

Keywords:   new Christian right, Jerry Falwell, Bob Jones Jr., politics, conservatism, creationism, Russell Mixter, Henry Morris, John Whitcomb Jr., American Scientific Affiliation

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