From 1930 to 1970, American Fundamentalists worked within their churches. President Nixon’s silent majority became the Moral Majority in 1979 and a more active political movement. The Christian Coalition with Pat Robertson (1930 -) and Ralph E. Reed (1961-) stressed family values. Although most Protestant Churches are declining about 1% a year, Fundamentalist Protestant Churches grow by 1% a year. Television has spanned a whole set of TV fundamental evangelists such as Jerry Falwell (1933-2007), Jimmy Swaggart (1935 -) among many others.
There is a narrative quality to the Bible. We have to appreciate truth in the story, because stories express truth. We tend to dismiss things as just a story. Even with modern technology, the Internet. YouTube, and Facebook are full of stories. Scientific facts are not poetry and thus they have different rules. The story world helps us understand our real world. We would not have a real world without language and story. Non-literate societies emphasized oral story as very important. Even today, whether it is television or movies, we love a good story. In the 1997 movie “Titanic” the story was simple, the ship sunk. However, the love story of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet drew us in and made us feel the whole story. Historical novels are very popular as a means of understanding the past historical times.