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Marsden to discuss fundamentalism and politics, March 6

"How 'Otherworldly' American Fundamentalists Became Political" is the title of a talk set for 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 6, in McCosh 50.

George Marsden, the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, will present the lecture, which is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion.

Marsden teaches American religious and intellectual history, and is an expert on the history and present state of fundamentalism in America. He is the author of "Jonathan Edwards: A Life," which won the 2004 Bancroft Prize for Distinguished Books in American History and the 2005 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. He also wrote "Fundamentalism and American Culture: The Shaping of 20th-Century Evangelicalism, 1870-1925," which was named one of Christianity Today's 100 "Books of the Century."

A second edition of "Fundamentalism and American Culture" has just been released by Oxford University Press. It includes a major new chapter that compares the fundamentalism since the 1970s to the fundamentalism of the 1920s, looking particularly at the extraordinary growth in political emphasis and power of the more recent movement.

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