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Fundamentalism

U.S. evangelicals have rightly gained a reputation for being against things, rather than being for Jesus and the gospel and compassion for the weak and vulnerable people Jesus cared for. They are their own worst enemy. […] Read More

U.S. evangelicals gained a reputation for being guilt-mongers, finger-pointers, even haters. While that reputation may not be wholly deserved, an examination of church history unveils why this reputation is at least partly true. […] Read More

I was reared in far right-wing churches as a kid. When I attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions recently, I brought our 2-year-old to one day inspire him to listen to those who do not look or think like him. […] Read More

When fundamentalism and evangelism intersect, their purpose and calling are to convert every person they meet to their right beliefs, which can play out in dangerous ways. […] Read More

The question of how prominent evangelical leaders can continue to support a president whose morality and ethics are questionable is perplexing. How can the same people who questioned President Obama’s religious beliefs and berated President Clinton’s infidelity defend and justify our current president again and again? Loyalty to Trump has involved progressively more difficult, self-abasing […] Read More

Fundamentalism involves attitudes and resulting behaviors as well as beliefs. That most-helpful insight was clarified for me years ago when reading the thorough and thoughtful theological treatment of the subject by Fisher Humphreys and the late Philip Wise in “Fundamentalism” (Smyth & Helwys, 2004). This important distinction should keep astute persons from labeling all theologically […] Read More

Some equate “American evangelicalism” with a far right-wing political movement. They base this on a combination of two factors: First, many leading spokespersons for far-right wing American politics call themselves “evangelicals.” This has been going on since fundamentalists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson established movements within American evangelicalism to promote conservative social and political causes. […] Read More

I have a recording of two well-known leaders of the new Calvinism who promote themselves as mainstream evangelicals. They are answering questions from an audience. The recording does not include where or when this took place, but it seems to be at a Christian college sometime in the 1990s. The two speakers’ names never appear […] Read More

According to a recent article in The New York Times, I am the leading opponent of Calvinism – or the new Calvinism – in America today. I don’t know where the writer, Mark Oppenheimer, got that idea. Certainly not from me. Someone else must have said that to him. If it’s true, it’s only because […] Read More

Fundamentalists always concern me – and I’m not simply thinking about the Christian fundamentalists – so do Jewish, Muslim and any other type of religious fundamentalist.  Historically, much of the world’s blood was shed by believers protecting the faith from either so-called heathens or other religious zealots. Similar to the religious fundamentalists are the atheist […] Read More