The problem with prefixes and adjectives & "fundamentalism"
Off the top of my head there are these labels:
In my view, the term "Fundamentalism" (which is a really great idea and has served its purposes!), which has in the last decade become associated with suicide bombers and other crazies, has ceased to mean anything at all. At least anything valuable in the market place of ideas.
- Hyper-Fundamentalism (comment: but there is no "Sub-Fundamentalism" of which I am aware!)
- Young Fundamentalism (or 'ist') (I can't recollect seeing this one, but if there is a "young-fundamentalism" I suppose there must be an "old-F". Complicating this is that you have young men fresh out of HAC who are "Old Time" Religioners and old gray-headed bald guys who are "young at heart" (or so they claim!))
- Old-Time Fundamentalism (guess there is an "old")
- Authentic Fundamentalism
- Historic Fundamentalism
- Balanced Fundamentalism - see image below
- Moderate Fundamentalism (generally means they compromise!)
- Militant Fundamentalism - key verse is Jude 3
- Pseudo-Fundamentalism (The opposite of the "Authentic")
- Nondenominational Fundamentalism
- FINO = Fundamentalism in Name Only
- Hard-shelled Fundamentlism (probably aways used in a disparaging / derisive way - who wants to call oneself "hard-shelled"?!
- imperial Fundamentalism (the guy who has the mega-church with the CDS, the college and the seminary)
It seems that every Fundamentalist looks at the other kinds and says in essence "You are not a true Fundamentalist"
----- My coming out (I've done this before ... and this is not an Anderson Cooper coming out!) ----------
It's not that I:
Comment: Reaction to something I read posted on Sharper Iron
By the way ... still happy with these labels: Calvinist, Baptist, Republican
- Reject the term Fundamentalist
- Reject the idea (already said that it's a good idea!)
- It's just that where I live (and I don't mean Plymouth), I would never use the term of myself. Others can say of me: "Peet is not a Fundamentalist".
- I'm OK with that
- Want to know what I believe ... see my doctrinal statement ... know where I worship and serve ... and know how I live (which is far from perfect!)
- Rejecting the label and the label makers
If I were to tell my co-workers that I was a Fundamentalist this would be the image in their minds:
Proof that Calvinistic Baptist is not an oxymoron as some would say:
Above: Balanced Fundamentalism
Fundamentalists fight over who is the real "historic Fundamentalist"