Fundamentalism and American culture (George Marsden) Part I

I borrowed George Marsden's Fundamentalism and American Culture from the LOFM Little Free Library.  I'm on page 6 and I can already tell I'm going to be in over my theologically-uneducated head, but oh, well.  It's not as though anyone's grading me, right?  I still need to take notes, though.  I remember stuff better if I take notes.

(Definitions from Merriam-Webster online.)

Millenarian: 1) Of or relating to belief in a millenium; in this instance, 1a: the thousand years mentioned in Revelation 20 during which holiness is to prevail and Christ is to reign on earth
Pietist: 2) emphasis on devotional practice and experience.  (Actually, I need to look into this more, because that sounds to me like pretty much every belief system, ever.)  Pietism at Wikipedia; the Free Dictionary by Farlex; .

Quiescent: 1) Marked by inactivity or repose; tranquilly at rest.  2) Causing no trouble or symptoms [quiescent gallstones].  Obviously, in this context, the former usage applies.


amy said…
Pietism was a very big movement in Lutheranism. Think of it as a sort of second Reformation to break away further from liturgical binds and the hierarchy within the church. A movement of the heart, which would open the door to the sort of evangelical emotional religions of today. Hope that makes sense/is correct I'm sick so I can't recall the details right now! But it's one of the religious things Kierkegaard was responding to in his writing.
I think this is meant in a looser sense. The set-up of the book suggests it will deal mostly with mainstream late 19th-early 20th century American Protestantism and, from what I've read, the definition at this point seems to have expanded and de-focused some from the original one. I have to get further into it, though, to tell for sure.