I recently discovered a blog called Fundamentally Changed which has fundamentally changed my view of the word "fundamentalist", and being called a "Fundamentalist". I am not sure the word (like "Evangelical") can be resurrected from what secular society has done to it, but at least I do not need to feel insulted anymore when someone calls me one.
Jason, one of the bloggers at Fundamentally Changed, noticed that I was beginning to link them in some of my stuff and put them on my reading list on my sideboard. He did something that really hasn't happened to me up to now (and is, in my opinion, really cool) - he sent me an email:
Hi,In writing him back to tell him more about me, I thought my answer might be interesting here for those that read my blog just as a current overview - and as an historic point in my development:
Saw that you linked to our blog and was just curious and wanting to learn more about you.
Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to comment at any time.
Hi Jason,Hopefully, that response will lead to an interesting discussion with Jason - and with those who read this blog.
I am a lay follower of Christ who attends a church that considers itself to be Evangelical. If we have any other claim to fame other than a great expository Bible teacher - it is that we are the home church of evangelist Luis Palau.
My testimony covers most of the personal ground. Theologically, I am a fundamentalist (small "f" for now) as it would be historically, if not societally, defined:
Politically, I consider myself a conservative - but I am beginning to see that it is really impossible to define oneself as a political conservative or a political liberal without falling into the trap of putting the nation state in front of the Kingdom of God.
- God has the power to do as He wishes in the universe He created and stands outside of - including virgin births and Raised Sons. That latter of the two is, as Paul said, crucial if we are not the worst of fools.
- The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God although not "literally" true in the way the insult is normally meant. However, it only releases its truth to those who "have the mind of Christ" [who are led by the Spirit of God]. It is spiritually discerned - and I think many theological conservatives, in reaction to charismatic Christianity, have lost track of ministry of the Holy Spirit in leading us to God from scripture.