Saturday, July 3, 2010

Remembering our roots

Just finished Jim Owen's book "The Hidden History of the Historic Fundamentalists 1933-1948." In this extensively documented work, Owen defends the fundamentalists against the charge that they were socially & politically indifferent to the hardships of the Great Depression & WWII. Owen conceeds that some individual leaders were guilty of various shortcomings but they were by no means representative of the whole movement. Perhaps the most memorable statement by Owen comes in the context of pointing out that they, like all people, were a product of their times with all its attendent problems & prejudices - "Children always see their parents' sins more clearly than their own." How true that is! Will future generations be as hard on Evangelicals as they have been on their fundamentalist forefathers? This is worth pondering

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