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Timothy Gloege

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469621012

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621012.001.0001

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Timothy E. W. Gloege

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This chapter follows the conflict between fundamentalists and modernists that arose in the 1910s and the rise and fall of the fundamentalist coalition in the 1920s. The Moody Bible Institute's leadership had been confident that premillennialism would spur a revival of conservative evangelicalism and sweep away the modernism they opposed. It had seemed that the “intelligent” world understood that naturalistic philosophy and evolutionary science was too unstable to support civilization. The nation needed the certitude and stability of their dispensational approach to scripture, motivated by Christ's imminent coming, to tackle the threat of political radicalism at home and abroad. But by the early 1920s, they had miscalculated the stability of their message, the nature of their audience, and their ability to control the fundamentalist coalition they helped muster.

Keywords:   premillennialism, 1920s, fundamentalists, modernists, conservative evangelicalism, modernism

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