Public Theology About   Organize   Theology   Church   Philosophy   Ethics   Politics   Planning   Society   Economy   Creation   Peace   Preach   Media   TheoEd   Contact  Home  Subscribe   Get Our Newsletter
Contact Us

Modern Fundamentalists
Fundamentalism is itself based on modernist ideas says Gary Dorrien.

Evangelicals and fundamentalists call themselves "conservative" and claim to represent the beliefs and practices of biblical Christianity. The fact is that their ways of thinking, however, are distinctly "modern" and not conservative at all if that term is understood as concern for the whole history and tradition of the church. That's why they are so against the notions of postmodernism; their mental habits are rooted in modernist assumptions.

This is even accepted by a writer in the evangelical publication Christianity Today, in a review of a book by Gary Dorrien entitled The Remaking of Evangelical Theology. Rodney Clapp says the following in that review:

"I think Dorrien is generally correct that fundamentalist evangelicalism is based on an "antimodernist modernism." That is, it forged its identity by responding negatively to modern (evolutionary) biology, modern (higher) criticism of the Bible, and many aspects of modern culture. In these respects it was antimodern. But it responded to modernism on the basis of a modern evidentialist and rationalist epistemology, exemplifed by strict biblical inerrancy. In that respect it was and is itself markedly modern."

It is worthwhile taking a look at the whole review, and/or reading Dorrien's book.


Please Comment - See More Articles in this Section - Submitted By: 5520

Date Added: 11/7/2002 Date Revised: 11/6/2002

  Sponsored by the
Center for
Public Theology
.
About   Organize   Theology   Church   Philosophy   Ethics   Politics   Planning   Society   Economy   Creation   Peace   Preach   Media   TheoEd   Contact  Home  Subscribe