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A fundamentalist reviews "The Sword of the Lord"

Subtitled The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family, this book deals with the historical background which gave rise to Fundamentalism, the culture of Fundamentalism, the battles of Fundamentalism, and the relationship of all of these to the Rice family. Andrew Himes, grandson of famed evangelist John R. Rice, writes with amazing honesty about his feelings and struggles with Fundamentalism. Each chapter opens with some sort of personal anecdote before delving into the history, happenings, ideas, and personalities of Fundamentalism.

Caution: not to be opened by closed minds

The Sword of the Lord by Andrew Himes should come with a warning label on the cover…Caution: not to be opened by anyone with a closed mind who wishes to keep it that way.

While rooted in the particulars of the Rice family, prominent American Baptist Fundamentalists, The Sword of the Lord is a fascinating, insightful, insider look not only into the culture of American Fundamentalism but the broad sweep of American History.

Making a hip secularist hipper...

Aside from providing a portrait of a fascinating figure in American religiosity, John R. Rice, this is also an important book for those seeking insight into just what makes Christian Fundamentalism "tick" (like a bomb?) in the American political landscape. Reading this book will make the hip secularist only hipper once he realizes the full nature that drives the religious force he or she perhaps is more inclined to condescend to. Paging Bill Maher...

Scholarly and personal

Himes‚Äôs study of the origins of American Fundamentalism is at once scholarly and personal.  Even readers who do not immediately recognize the name The Sword of the Lord, should find his insight into the background and motivations of Fundamentalist Christians both illuminating and familiar.

4 books in 1 & deeply meaningful

This is a 4-in-1 Book: A Civil War History; A Civil Rights History; The Evolution of American Fundamentalism; A Family's Story. Concise, well-referenced and beautifully written in such a way that the "4-in-1" stories are seamlessly interwoven. I found The Sword of the Lord deeply meaningful as I come from a virtually identical background all the way back to the 1700's and my own Scots-Irish ancestral migration to America, who also settled in the deep South, and were devout Southern Baptists.

A revelation

Fascinating, horrifying and deeply moving at the same time. I've never read anything that gave me more insight into the background to the Civil War or that explained the roots of fundamentalism so clearly. The parallels between the development of the movement and the author’s intensely felt but only partially understood childhood beliefs (rejected in adolescence to be replaced – eventually – with a passionate desire to make the world a better place) are skilfully and touchingly handled.

Fantastic read

This book succeeds on many levels!  - Historically, emotionally, and spiritually.  The author tracks the spiritual trials and tribulations in the US across many generations, across cultures, within family, amongst friends, and within the individual.  Through the context of one of America's most influential fundamentalist families, the author explores his roots and the challenges (external and internal) that have shaped his and his family's faith.  It was easy for me to relate to personally and I think would be enjoyed by anyone searching for a deeper understanding o

Accessible, honest, and utterly fascinating

An amazing piece of American history told from such a unique and critical point of view.  The author manages to navigate through numerous contentious and foreboding issues without sounding preachy or derogatory.  He simply tells the tale as it happened.  And what a remarkable tale of the history and impact of one family and their experiences during the Civil War, through the Reconstruction, weaving through two World Wars, and through the fundamentalist movement of the 50‚Äôs and 60‚Äôs to the present.  This is an intelligent, comprehensive piece of history that is still