Are you a fundamentalist?
‘Depends on what you mean by “fundamentalist”?’ insists the clever chap.
Indeed, there are all sorts of things hidden in ‘fundamentalism’.
There is, oddly, ‘fun’ and, appropriately, ‘mental’, for example.
But if we trace things back to the roots, most point out the series of pamphlets, by the name of The Fundamentals, published between 1910 and 1915. In these, the five fundamentals were laid out:
- the verbal inerrancy of Scripture
- the divinity of Jesus
- the virgin birth
- the substitutionary theory of atonement
- and the physical return of Jesus.
In the near future, I will make my own suggestions here as to what I consider could be called the fundamentals, and how one should understand ‘fundamental’.
‘It seems very odd to make these the fundamental items of Christian belief. My list of fundamental beliefs would be the existence of a creator God, the revelation of the unlimited love of God shown in the life and death of Jesus, and the hope that all might share in the redemption of the world that is accomplished by God in and through Jesus Christ and in the power of the Spirit’
(What the Bible Really Teaches: A Challenge for Fundamentalists, p. 1-2)
Until then, what are your fundamentals?