Carl McIntire, 'P.T. Barnum of Fundamentalism,' Dies at 95

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Fundamentalist leader Carl McIntire dies at 95
The term fundamentalist may be quickly falling out of fashion to describe conservative Christians who emphasize separation from a sinful culture, but during the fundamentalist-evangelical split of the post-World War II era, Carl McIntire was one of the most prominent people to wear the label proudly. He died Tuesday at age 95.

In his new Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism, Randall Balmer calls McIntire "the P.T. Barnum of American fundamentalism," a constant and colorful crusader against communism, ecumenism, and liberal theology—which he often saw as going hand-in-hand-in-hand. His 20th Century Reformation Hour broadcast was a major outlet for fundamentalism over the radio, and after a battle with the FCC, he launched a short-lived pirate station, Radio Free America. (Hear some of his sermons here.)

"I think you'd have to say that he was the most consistent fundamentalist of the 20th century," historian Martin Marty tells The Miami Herald. "Whatever he decided was the truth he followed to the very end, no matter how few friends or colleagues were left." He battled Billy Graham, Francis Schaeffer, Martin Luther King Jr., and just about every other major religious leader of his day. (A profile of McIntire by Balmer will appear in Christianity Today's May issue—subscribe now to receive it.)

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After the city realized it had scheduled ...

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