Vernacular Christian Fundamentalism on the Internet
This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, namely to examine a new religious movement termed “vernacular Christian fundamentalism.” It is new because it focuses on a particular “End Times” interpretation of biblical prophecy that differentiates it from broader forms of evangelical Christianity. It also constitutes a new kind of religious movement because even as its beliefs have diverged from existing institutions, no new central leadership has emerged. Instead, it takes shape as its believers use the Internet to engage in a kind of ritualized deliberation that they believe generates a church that exists only on the Internet. The remainder of the chapter discusses the emergence of vernacular Christian fundamentalism.
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