Ava Chamberlain (Committee Member), Jacob Dorn (Committee Chair), Nancy Garner (Committee Member)
Master of Humanities (MHum)
John R. Rice and his newspaper, The Sword of the Lord, were highly influential in the fundamentalist movement and the larger evangelical world in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. A comparison between Rice's writings and those of fellow fundamentalists J. Frank Norris in The Fundamentalist and Carl McIntire in The Christian Beacon reveal differences among fundamentalists that contributed to the split between fundamentalism and new evangelicalism in the 1950s. An examination of the men's attitudes toward separation, handling of conflicts and disagreements, political rhetoric and involvement in politics, and attention to social and cultural issues show that Rice is consistently more moderate and conciliatory than Norris and McIntire, avoiding the extreme positions characteristic of many in the fundamentalist movement.
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