George Walsh (c.1923-2001) was one of those old-school professors who wrote little but read everything. These two lectures on Protestant Fundamentalism, delivered in the late-80s, distill decades of study of Protestant Fundamentalism with great insight and humor, handling the ideas with the same seriousness that intellectual historians normally reserve for the Great Thinkers of Western Philosophy. Lecture 1 covers fundamentalist theology and epistemology; lecture 2 delves into fundamentalist ethics and politics. The Salem Center’s Bryan Caplan, who heard Walsh live in 1989, has plans to make all of Walsh’s “lost” lectures on the history of ideas once again available to the curious public. Warning: The first few minutes of Lecture 1 are sadly missing, and there are some sound problems on Lecture 2.
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