Home » Harry Emerson Fosdick – 100 years later – Shall the Fundamentalists Win?

Harry Emerson Fosdick – 100 years later – Shall the Fundamentalists Win?

Harry Emerson Fosdick – 100 years later – Shall the Fundamentalists Win?

The quest by the religious right to ensure one-size-fits-all dogmatic adherence and exclusion of those with differing beliefs has been a source of division in recent years, but it’s not new. As we commemorate in May 2022 the 100th Anniversary of Harry Emerson Fosdick’s groundbreaking sermon “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” which changed the national discussion around religious tolerance a century ago, we have invited five national faith leaders to reflect on similar themes for our world today. Hear these much-needed prophetic voices preach every Sunday in May.

Lecture on Harry Emerson Fosdick

Who was former pastor Harry Emerson Fosdick? What is Fosdick’s “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” sermon about? What was controversial about it? Why did it cause such national controversy?  What was scandalous about it? How did a single sermon shape the ministry of First Church for years to come? What was the historical context in NYC at the time of its delivery?

Dr. Brad Longfield, professor of Church History at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary will address these questions in a lecture on Saturday, May 14th at 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor.

A light lunch will be served during the Q&A section following the lecture. No reservation is needed.