(It has been quite a while since I have written a post and I don’t know that I would even consider this a real post. I did some required reading today in a seminary course and had to write a post in a discussion board on historic fundamentalism. This is that post. It is a brief, unedited, response to a question from my professor, Dr. Hartog. It is only meant to inform and encourage, not strike up a debate.)
The subject line I used is what most people think of today, when they speak of fundamentalist. A group of narrow-minded preachers/churches who love a good fight over preferential standards and traditions that they now call “the old-time religion”. I am being a little facetious, of course, but you get the general idea.
Early fundamentalism was relegated as a defense of historical Christianity against the liberalism of German higher criticism and other new enemies of Christianity. It articulated the inerrancy of Scripture, the virgin birth, the atoning death, the bodily resurrection, and second coming of Jesus Christ as the indispensables of the faith. If I were a leader in that day, I would have no doubt joined the good fight of faith that Christianity was waging. Certainly, textual criticism has done its damage and we know the effects that Darwinian evolution has produced upon our society.
I would gladly own the title “fundamentalist” from this historical position. Continue reading “Fighting Fundamentalist”