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In the world but not of it : one family's militant faith and the history of fundamentalism in America /
Brett Grainger.
edition
1st U.S. ed.
imprint
New York : Walker & Co., c2008.
description
157 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0802715591, 9780802715593
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Book
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imprint
New York : Walker & Co., c2008.
isbn
0802715591
9780802715593
abstract
A history of American fundamentalism as reflected by the author's own family experiences. Describes his Plymouth ancestry while reporting on such fundamentalist themes as biblical literalism, the experience of "getting saved," and the paradox of creation science.
catalogue key
6521348
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 153-156).
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-03-15:
This first book by former Sojourners editor and NPR producer Grainger reflects both his personal background and his graduate work at Harvard Divinity School. Throughout, he intersperses vivid and sometimes humorous accounts of growing up in a fundamentalist family with historical data and theological concepts. In the process, he discusses such elements of Christian fundamentalism as biblical literalism, conversion experiences, creationism, and social and moral issues, tracing their origins while examining current trends. Grainger makes clear that Fundamentalism is not static but is actually a highly adaptable movement that reevaluates itself and its approach in the light of each new challenge; he describes it as less a reactionary movement than "an alternate way to be modern." This is a thought-provoking examination of an often maligned part of American Christianity, showing its strengths as well as its weaknesses. Recommended for academic and public libraries.-C. Robert Nixon, MLS, Lafayette, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"[A] thought-provoking examination of an often maligned part of American Christianity, showing its strengths as well as its weaknesses."---Library Journal"Insightful."--Booklist"Brief but insightful exploration of a people who may not see themselves asofthis world, but who are certainlyinit in increasing numbers."--Kirkus Reviews"'Fundamentalism' is often discussed and disparaged, but rarely is it well understood. Grainger puts a face, a genuine and likeable one, on this often fuzzy term. His portrait also demonstrates the tensions and the diversity within a religious movement no one can ignore today."--Harvey Cox, author ofWhen Jesus Came to Harvard"Brett Grainger offers an impressive family portrait of Christian fundamentalism in America in this timely, intimate, and wonderfully written work. Grainger's retreat from fundamentalism--and his eventual journey back to faith--give him a unique perspective on an often misunderstood segment of American culture, both critical and sympathetic.In the World but Not of Itis a must-read for anyone listening to the persistent heartbeat of religion in America."--Jim Wallis,author ofThe Great AwakeningandGod's Politics, and president of Sojourners"InIn the World but Not of It, Brett Grainger puts a human face on Christian fundamentalism--the face of his mother, his father, his grandfather, himself. This wise and beautiful book is art of a high and dignified calling, a must-read for believer and skeptic alike."--Dennis Covington, author ofSalvation on Sand Mountain
"Insightful."Booklist "Brief but insightful exploration of a people who may not see themselves asofthis world, but who are certainlyinit in increasing numbers."Kirkus Reviews "'Fundamentalism' is often discussed and disparaged, but rarely is it well understood. Grainger puts a face, a genuine and likeable one, on this often fuzzy term. His portrait also demonstrates the tensions and the diversity within a religious movement no one can ignore today."Harvey Cox, author ofWhen Jesus Came to Harvard "Brett Grainger offers an impressive family portrait of Christian fundamentalism in America in this timely, intimate, and wonderfully written work. Grainger's retreat from fundamentalismand his eventual journey back to faithgive him a unique perspective on an often misunderstood segment of American culture, both critical and sympathetic.In the World but Not of Itis a must-read for anyone listening to the persistent heartbeat of religion in America."Jim Wallis,author ofThe Great AwakeningandGod's Politics, and president of Sojourners "InIn the World but Not of It, Brett Grainger puts a human face on Christian fundamentalismthe face of his mother, his father, his grandfather, himself. This wise and beautiful book is art of a high and dignified calling, a must-read for believer and skeptic alike."Dennis Covington, author ofSalvation on Sand Mountain
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Summaries
Long Description
A memorable new literary voice traces the story of American fundamentalism through the transcendent lens of his own family experience. Brett Grainger's grandparents, members of the Plymouth Brethren, believed devoutly that Jesus would return and rapture them to Heaven; when he didn't, their lives collapsed. Grainger's father, having fled from his parents' extremism, underwent his own conversion in later life. Grainger himself journeyed away from faith, and yet, two decades later, found a different way back to the church, seeking a balance between extremes. Using those family pathways as a catalyst, he offers a beautifully written, clear-eyed chronicle of fundamentalism in American history, revealing it to be far richer and more complex than the images the word evokes today. Grainger explores seven major themes, including the devotion to biblical literalism, an idea nourished by the writings of nineteenth-century preacher John Nelson Darby; the experience of sudden, personal transformation known as "getting saved"; and the paradox of creation science. Above all, he illuminates the unrelenting pursuit of purity that divides believers into separatists, who shun the sullied compromises of politics, and activists, who fight to bring society under the yoke of divine law--all in the name of being "in the world but not of it." Writing with a passion and conviction born of personal experience, Brett Grainger brings new insight into American history, and invaluable understanding for anyone interested in our country's religious tradition.
Main Description
A memorable new literary voice traces the story of American fundamentalism through the transcendent lens of his own family experience. Brett Grainger's grandparents, members of the Plymouth Brethren, believed devoutly that Jesus would return and rapture them to Heaven; when he didn't, their lives collapsed. Grainger's father, having fled from his parents' extremism, underwent his own conversion in later life. Grainger himself journeyed away from faith, and yet, two decades later, found a different way back to the church, seeking a balance between extremes. Using those family pathways as a catalyst, he offers a beautifully written, clear-eyed chronicle of fundamentalism in American history, revealing it to be far richer and more complex than the images the word evokes today. Grainger explores seven major themes, including the devotion to biblical literalism, an idea nourished by the writings of nineteenth-century preacher John Nelson Darby; the experience of sudden, personal transformation known as "getting saved"; and the paradox of creation science. Above all, he illuminates the unrelenting pursuit of purity that divides believers into separatists, who shun the sullied compromises of politics, and activists, who fight to bring society under the yoke of divine lawall in the name of being "in the world but not of it." Writing with a passion and conviction born of personal experience, Brett Grainger brings new insight into American history, and invaluable understanding for anyone interested in our country's religious tradition.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The F-Wordp. 1
Waiting for Godp. 9
The Word Was Godp. 29
Savedp. 49
The Pursuit of Purityp. 76
Freelance Fundamentalismp. 93
Chosen Peoplep. 111
In the Beginningp. 129
Epilogue: After Fundamentalismp. 145
Notesp. 153
Acknowledgmentsp. 157
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