The Evangelical Conscience, Still Uneasy 70 Years Later

Richard Mouw | November 4, 2016

Editors’ note: Taking the advice of C. S. Lewis, we want to help our readers “keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds,” which, as he argued, “can be done only by reading old books.” So to that end we continue our Rediscovering the Forgotten Classics series as we survey some forgotten and lesser-known Christian classics.

There are some books that are important to keep in print simply because they serve as instructive museum pieces. They give us glimpses into bygone eras, helping us to grasp the insights of creative thinkers who once wrestled with questions very different than the ones we presently face.

The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism is no mere museum piece. To be sure, it has some museum-like qualities. It’s clearly a book written for the late 1940s. A devastating world war had recently ended, and many Americans were thinking about new cultural challenges, both national and international. Carl F. H. Henry and others who would soon come to be known as the leaders of a “neo-evangelicalism” were deeply concerned that those Christians known as “fundamentalists” or “evangelicals”—the terms were interchangeable at the time—were ill-equipped to address the crucial issues of the day.

This book is both…

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