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Digital JesusThe Making of a New Christian Fundamentalist Community on the Internet$
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Robert Glenn Howard

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814773086

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814773086.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Vernacular Christian Fundamentalism on the Internet

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Digital Jesus
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Robert Glenn Howard

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814773086.003.0001

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.

Keywords:   Christians, religious movement, Internet, vernacular Christian fundamentalism, End Times, biblical prophecy

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