The Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism in Britain project is a two-year interdisciplinary network that is exploring expressions of Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism in Britain from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first century. The project brings together theologians, sociologists and historians to consider one central question: to what extent have Evangelicals in Britain been Fundamentalist?
Contributors to the project are investigating the ways in which Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism have expressed themselves in the social and historical conditions of Britain and, in particular, the extent to which they have- and have been perceived to have - sanctioned prejudice rather than merely expressing strongly felt convictions.
The central question addressed explores the intersections of identity (who have been Evangelicals and Fundamentalists?), belief (what doctrines have they upheld?), values (what attitudes have they maintained?), emotion (have they displayed the anger often considered characteristic of Fundamentalists?) and practice (what behaviour in specific places have their views legitimated?).
Throughout the length of the investigation, the project, which is sponsored by the Religion and Society Programme of the AHRC and ESRC, is hosting several conferences and workshops where researchers gather to discuss the identity of British Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism and to present their findings to the wider academic community and to the interested public.
Aims and Objectives
The aims of the network are to bring together different groups to examine the relationship of Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism over time in Britain; and to draw on the conceptual and methodological contributions of different disciplines and of Evangelicals themselves in order to illuminate the identity of British Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism.
The objectives are:
- to hold a series of gatherings bringing together historians, theologians, sociologists and others to explore these issues
- to generate papers suitable for publication in academic periodicals on these questions
- to enable younger scholars to participate in discussion of these topics
- to draw Evangelicals in churches and theological colleges into consideration of issues surrounding the relationship between their beliefs and Fundamentalism
- to encourage knowledge and understanding of such issues in the wider Evangelical community, particularly through the Evangelical Alliance magazine idea
- to provide information in the field for the general public through a final event
- to create a website, which will be maintained after the completion of the project, as a medium of publicity and information and as a forum for discussion
- to formulate a collaborative research bid so as to pursue nub issues identified by the network at greater depth.