IN 1910, A COHORT of ultra-conservative American Protestants drew up a list of non-negotiable beliefs they insisted any genuine Christian must subscribe to. They published these “fundamentals” in a series of widely distributed pamphlets over the next five years. Their catalog featured doctrines such as the virgin birth, the physical resurrection of Christ, and his imminent second coming. The cornerstone, though, was a belief in the literal inerrancy of every syllable of the Bible, including in matters of geology, paleontology, and secular history. They called these beliefs fundamentals, and proudly styled themselves “fundamentalists” – true believers who feared that liberal movements like the social gospel and openness to other faiths were eroding the foundation of their religion.
I would interested in hearing your thoughts.
First, of course, is to address the matter of historical fundamentalism. Does Christianity have a history of fundamentalism? And what about inerrancy? Does it have historical Christian support? Separate Inerrancy as defined today and Inspiration -n- Sufficiency. Does Inerrancy have biblical support with the current understanding? We know that Augustine didn’t think so, nor did Calvin, at least not in the way which many define it today.