An Analysis of Type A, B, and C Fundamentalism
(My apology that this article has been slow in coming. I had hoped to publish this in late summer. We have been so busy here at Southeast Valley Baptist Church that I simply have not been able to take the time to finish this until now. Blessings on you as you read and think through the issues found here. Looking forward to future interaction here— regardless of what “type” you are. Straight Ahead! —Joel)
I’m getting to the place where I dislike writing. It’s not the work of placing ideas on paper that is the challenge. It’s not even having good people disagree with some element of my presentation. The frustration comes when people try to read “into” what is written. Often instead of taking what is written at face value, guesses are made as to the motivation or “deeper meaning” of a composition. I am told by those who are both gifted and experienced (and I am neither) in writing that I might as well get used to it.
That being the case, we once again start this article with the obligatory fence-building. First, what I write here is simply my understanding of what is happening within Fundamentalism today. Second, I do not think I’m better than those who have a different “take” on the past, present, or future of the movement. Third, I offer the following combinations of ideas, views of history, and solutions to present challenges to Fundamentalism with a strong optimism about what God is doing with separatist ministries today.