In this fifth volume of the Fundamentalism Project, Fundamentalisms Comprehended
, the distinguished contributors return to and test the endeavor's beginning premise: that fundamentalisms in all faiths share certain "family resemblances." Several of the essays reconsider the project's original definition of fundamentalism as a reactive, absolutist, and comprehensive mode of anti-secular religious activism. The book concludes with a capstone statement by R. Scott Appleby, Emmanuel Sivan, and Gabriel Almond that builds upon the entire Fundamentalism Project. Identifying different categories of fundamentalist movements, and delineating four distinct patterns of fundamentalist behavior toward outsiders, this statement provides an explanatory framework for understanding and comparing fundamentalisms around the world.
Editor Martin E. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he taught chiefly in the Divinity School for 35 years and where the Martin Marty Center has since been founded to promote "public religion" endeavors. He is a columnist for the Christian Century, on whose staff he has served since 1956 and in which his "M.E.M.O" column appears. Ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 1952, Marty served parishes in the west and northwest suburbs of Chicago for a decade before joining the University of Chicago faculty in 1963. He is the author of more than 50 books.
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