Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 13, 2005

Renowned Historian of American Religion to Present Oct. 27 Whitworth Lecture
on ‘Otherworldly' Fundamentalism

George Marsden, Ph.D., the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, will present a lecture, "How 'Otherworldly' Fundamentalism Became a Political Power," on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth College. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3275.

During the lecture Marsden, a renowned historian of American religion, will share his reflections on the role of fundamentalism in American life. His lecture is sponsored by the Lilly Endowment and is part of the Christians Engaging Culture Lecture Series presented by Whitworth's Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning.

Marsden is the author of the book Jonathan Edwards: A Life (Yale, 2003), which won the Bancroft Prize for the best books in the area of American history, given by Columbia University. Jonathan Edwards: A Life also received the Merle Curti Award for the best book on the topic of American intellectual history, given by the Organization of American Historians, and the Annibel Jenkins Prize for the best book-length biography of a late 17th- or early 18th-century subject, given by the American Society of 18th-Century Studies.

Marsden's book Fundamentalism and American Culture: The Shaping of 20th-Century Evangelicalism (Oxford, 1980) was named "Book of the Year for Reforming Fundamentalism," in 1980, as well as "One of the 100 Books of the Century" in a Christianity Today survey.

His other publications include The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship (Oxford, 1997), The Soul of the American University (Oxford, 1994), Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism (Eerdmans, 1991), and Religion and American Culture (Harcourt Brace, 1990).

Prior to teaching American religious and intellectual history at Notre Dame, Marsden taught at Yale University, Calvin College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, University of California at Berkeley, and the Divinity School of Duke University. He has also served as president of the American Society of Church History and received the Lippincott Prize for History from Haverford College.

Marsden is the recipient of several fellowships, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, which funded his work on the biography of Jonathan Edwards; the Calvin Research Fellowship; a Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship fellowship; and the Younger Humanists Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funded his work on the book Fundamentalism and American Culture.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.



Michelle Seefried, program coordinator, Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3275 or mpace@whitworth.edu.

Dale Soden, director, Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4433 or dsoden@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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