Let me start by saying that these are my impressions and I realize that, like everyone, I have my own beliefs that color my thinking.
It is my impression that SI has become increasingly insular of late. I am not an old timer like some here but in the five or so years that I have been here I have noticed a shift. When I joined there were still some KJV only types here. I think they were more like strongly preferred but I could be wrong. There was also a decent contingent of Arminians or at least less Calvinistic folks than there are now. There was some pretty good discussion among those who disagreed and it seemed like, oh I don’t know, iron sharpening iron. I wonder if those people would still feel welcome here? It seems that many are using SI as a platform against wacky fundamentalism rather than celebrating its better elements. Kind of a do right BJU light. Almost every discussion seems to degenerate into some type of attack on the negative aspects of fundamentalism.
In large part I can understand the exasperation of some who feel that unbiblical concepts are constantly being propogated. Let’s face it if music, alcohol, etc. is mentioned the thread will be mostly negative and unhelpful. I can also understand those that don’t want to identify with the term fundamentalist because of the negative connotations. From my perspective though those people aren’t here. I can understand going on the attack when we had the couple of people that were genuine heretics (I was one of those on the attack) but if someone differs over music, alcohol, dress, etc. do we really need a dogpile? When was the last time you read a pro-fundamentalism quote on SI? I wonder how many here can still sign on to the doctrinal statement?
In general I think SI is a huge benefit but I hope we will all (myself included) reconsider our tone to see if we are being loving to those who disagree. In the words of the philosopher, that’s all I have to say about that.
Edit: I realized that I was conflating the doctrinal statement with the definition of “Fundamentalist?” given. I am quite certain everyone here would subscribe to the doctrinal statement.