I have been doing a bit of cross posting recently, and I suppose that will continue, but this was too interesting to me to pass up. I really like how Baptist Pastor, Dr. Jim West, states this. I think his position is much more historical and more in line with Orthodox or Anglican view. I look forward to the discussion.
What is A Fundamentalist
Since I was queried the other day (in comments) about my definition I have been pondering the most appropriate, accurate, concise definition that I can come up with. And I think I have it.
A fundamentalist is a person who
- places their faith in historical reconstruction
- bases their faith in what they can "know" (and as such is simply a modern form of Gnostic)
- has replaced substance with form, reducing the Bible to a historical document and has forgotten that the substance is what matters; the substance being God's confrontation with the single individual reading the text
At heart, fundamentalism is heresy as it replaces God with knowledge and communion with the Heavenly Father with "reason".