Thursday, August 31, 2006

are you a fundamentalist?

I have been praying and thinking about whether God might be leading me to pursue a PhD. in Bible at some point in the future. I've been looking at different seminaries that offer doctoral programs. As I was looking at the website for Fuller Theological Seminary, in a historical statement I came across a description of the five "fundamentals" of Christianity that began what is known as fundamentalism. It read,
Still later, in 1910, five fundamentals were identified to distinguish evangelicals from the liberalism that threatened the church: 1) the miracles of Christ; 2) the virgin birth of Christ; 3) the satisfaction view of the atonement; 4) the verbal inspiration of the Scriptures; and 5) the bodily resurrection of Christ.
As you can see fundamentalism began as a commitment to orthodox Christianity. Today it is regarded as a more fanatical movement. By these five criteria, most practicing Christians in the world are old school fundamentalists.


Keith McIlwain said...

Regarding the atonement, you may want to look at this, from theologian J. Kenneth Grider, regarding the orthodox Wesleyan view. Also, is verbal inspiration necessarily orthodox? Are other views on Biblical inspiration unorthodox??

Jason Woolever said...

Keith, how would you answer your own questions?

Anonymous said...

I believe in the fundamentals of the Chirstian faith as described in book "The Fundamentals".

Once, I was a militant radical fundamendalist which I held the legalistic standards 1) King James version of the Bible only - Old Scofield Study Bible to be precise
2) Biblical separation from non-believers - This included Roman Catholics, all main line Protestant Churches, and Southern Baptists. 3)Denominational structure is unscriptural - Authority to the local church and its elders. 4) Cooperation without compromise - This meant not even to acknowledge other churches as Christian if they didn't hold the above standards.

I'm Southern Baptist, I consider myself a neo-fundamentalist with touches of paleo-orthodoxy.

But enough of the divisive theology.

Let's put the FUN back into fundamentalism.

You may find these two articles insightful.

Coffee as a Means of Grace

Towards an Evangelical Theology of Cussing

John Flores
Frisco, Texas

Jason Woolever said...

what did your former group find in the Southern Baptists that warranted separation?

Anonymous said...


The First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana (my hometown) has its roots from the Southern Baptist Convention and the fundamentalist movement from the 1920s. This would be the teachings of Dr. John R. Rice and the Sword of the Lord ministry. Dr. Rice was there.

Through the teachings of Dr. John R. Rice and Jack Hyles, I left the Roman Catholic Church and became a fundamentalist Christian. Over the past, twenty years I have become a Southern Baptist. I have broken the yoke of religious legalism.

I hold many of the doctrines preached by Dr. John R. Rice. I just don't adhere to the legalism of his student, Jack Hyles. Both were admirers of John Wesley and they quoted him as often as they did Spurgeon, Ironside, Sunday, Edwards, and Moody.

Both men have gone on to glory so, I will let the historical records answer your question.

Your brother in Christ,

John Flores
Friso, Texas

Dr. John R. Rice

(Contrast this with the Articles of Religion)
Sword of the Lord - Articles of Faith

First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana

Christianity Today - Obituary of Jack Hyles

Inferior Churches by Jack Hyles

Where We Are in Fundamentalism by Jack Hyles,%20Tracts%20&%20Preaching/Printed%20Books/Dr%20Jack%20Hyles/The%20Church/where_is_fundamentalism-chap_4.htm

The Autonomy of the Church by Jack Hyles,%20Tracts%20&%20Preaching/Printed%20Books/Dr%20Jack%20Hyles/The%20Church/autonomy_of_the_church-chap_5.htm

Jason Woolever said...

I Checked out Hyles and First Baptist Hammond. Looks pretty cool, John.