Saturday, January 08, 2005

Very few Christians are really fundamentalists

Here is a NY Times article that acknowledges that not all right-wing American Christians are fundamentalists.
"If I were to buy stock in global Christianity, I would buy it in Pentecostalism," said Martin E. Marty, professor emeritus of the history of Christianity at the University of Chicago Divinity School and a coauthor of a study of fundamentalist movements. "I would not buy it in fundamentalism."

After the American presidential election in November, some liberal commentators warned that the nation was on the verge of a takeover by Christian "fundamentalists."

But in the United States today, most of the Protestants who make up what some call the Christian right are not fundamentalists, who are more prone to create separatist enclaves, but evangelicals, who engage the culture and share their faith.
And of course most American Christians are either mainline Protestants or Catholics, and they aren't fundamentalists either.

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