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Published: 29 June 2000

224 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195134995

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The Church on the World's Turf

An Evangelical Christian Group at a Secular University

Paul A. Bramadat

Religion in America

Academics and non-academics alike have been intrigued by conservative Protestant groups that thrive in secular social and institutional contexts. This book offers an ethnographic study of one such group, the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) at McMaster University. These conservative Protestants espuse fundamentalist interpretations of the Bible, women's roles, the age of the earth, alcohol consumption, sexual ethics, and the necessity of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. How does this tiny minority function within the overwhelmingly secular context of the University? The strategies of the ICVF seem both to strengthen and to mitigate evangelicals' sense of difference from their non-Christian teachers and peers. Bramadat suggests that this model can also be useful for understanding the construction of individual and group identity among other minority groups, both religious and non-religious models.