The other night I opened the pages of my copy of â€œHistory of Fundamentalism in Americaâ€ by George W. Dollar [BJU Press, 1973] and a pamphlet fell out. A quick glance revealed that the pamphlet (also written by Dollar) was a comprehensive listing of Schools, Mission Boards, Magazines, Radio Broadcasts and Conferences/Camps along with a rating of their fundamentalism.
As the intro says:
The following is a partial list of fundamental agencies according to their militant, moderate, or modified (New Evangelical) stand, affiliations, associations and direction at the present time. This will be much more meaningful after a study of the authorâ€™s A History of Fundamentalism in America where the reasons for the classifications are simply and plainly stated.
For some reason this document fascinates me. For one thing, half of the institutions and publications listed donâ€™t exist 30 years later (or at least Iâ€™ve never heard of them in the years Iâ€™ve drifted through fundy circles). The ones that are still around arenâ€™t talking to each other. They would be offended if they were put in the same column.
Thereâ€™s apparently no copyright on this leaflet so Iâ€™ve scanned it in for your perusal. Take a look at it HERE
previously posted at DowBlog
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Interesting. Sword of the Lord is listed as a moderate.
Hmmmm, I’m militant. I always knew I’m an extremist. 🙂 I am very familiar with most of the militant list.
Interesting…especially considering that George Dollar ended up divorced and remarried, what, 4 times? No lie – I’m friends with his ex-daughter-in-law!
Just found this because of the “random post” link.
I, too, am fascinated by this. Mostly that BJU is “militant” and SotL is “moderate.” I don’t get that, but it keeps coming up over and over as I read contemporary documents comparing Rice and Jones. The only thing I can figure is that the Jones dynasty was a more refined and stubborn and Rice is more people-focused and affable.
But it’s just weird because we were so clearly taught that the SotF crowd were the unreasonable fundies. . . .
I choked on my tea as I looked over the pamphlet. I thought no one in the universe would have heard of Piedmont Bible College once they got five miles out of Winston-Salem. That place was the definition of basement Bible college, complete with a hand-painted, red-lettered sign identifying its existence.