nube's picture

I have been thinking a lot about fundamentalism and fundamentalists lately and IT SEEMS TO ME that the real problem with Fundamentalism--from a hermeneutical standpoint--is that it asserts a certain definite kind of authority over the scriptures, which insists that the bible must be true in this way (and not THAT way) if it is true at all. To me, who is not an expert, it seems as if fundamentalists are in danger of being like those learned men who know every jot and tittle very well, and believe that the inerrancy (and therefore truth) of scripture is to be found in the preservation and observation of those same tittles and jots.

Are there any practicing fundamentalists out there who are able to clarify for me better the way they understand the bible, and why they are fundamentalist? I know many good fundamentalists, but I have never been able to understand their position on the authority of the Bible, though I sense that they have a deep respect for the book and for the Lord. It is not my desire to attack fundamentalists but to understand them--please help me understand your position, so that we may commune with respect.

ElderDad's picture

A simple question


Let us accept for a moment the premise that what a person says can and should be understood variably from culture to culture, and from time to time. If you wrote a letter to me, sent it to me in the mail, and then I read it, changing the meaning and fired back a response on the basis of things you did not mean in your writing, would that be acceptable practice on my part? And what if I were your genetic brother, and you sent me loving thoughts which I turned around and rejected because the way I read your letter, I understood you to be cutting me to pieces, and then sent back fiery darts of anger? Would you not choose to either correct what I thought you said or maybe skip writing again? How many meanings are there to what a person intends to communicate?

You are correct that Paul said there are numerous purposes of Scripture, but he never said there were numerous meanings.

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Dave S.
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