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  1. “Fundamentalism” is one of those dangerous, undefined words that can be too many shades of a color. Everytime someone says “Fundamentalists are. . .” or “Liberal agenda . . . ” or anything like it, I cringe.

    But I applaud the sentiment of broadening intellectual horizons without being “open-minded,” which is worthless. I applaud being certain of certainty, with humility and open eyes.

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    1. I agree that the terms are a bit… open. It would appear that Fundamentalism as defined by the Pope are those people who cannot consider another position, but stays in one state all the time.

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      1. Gary

        I heard a sermon last Sunday in church. On Psalm 103. How God loves us. I saw the program, and wondered how it would be covered. True to form, the pastor conveniently forgot to mention God loves you, “if you fear him”, which is the part I wanted to hear. To me, fundamentalists fear God, because they are hung up on the OT, and therefore want to go around judging everyone, and want to tell everyone else what they should do, instead of paying attention to what they are doing.

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    2. For a while, the word ‘Fundamentalism’ has become like the word ‘Socialism’ in that it is used as a pejorative. And whatever technical meaning it does have pertains to personality traits rather than beliefs.

      But when we look at who Fundamentalists were when they first used the term to identify themselves, there are possible problems that are partially identified by what the Pope said here. His complaint is that Fundamentalists don’t spend enough time listening to the facts on the ground broadcasted by real people. And considering our emphasis on inerrancy and our love of ‘sola scriptura,’ it is not difficult to see how legitimate fundamentalists act like ideologues by using only a book to define everything in life. It is an error that Fundamentalists like myself must be aware of.

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