Evangelicalism

Fundys, Evangelicals and the Eye of a Needle

I minister in a church sub-culture that has no understanding of the fundamentalism/evangelical debates. I received theological training from an excellent fundamentalist seminary. But, the church I serve has no self-conscious fundamentalist identity, even though it’s a member of the GARBC. It’s an “evangelical” church, though many members might not know exactly what that means.

Recently, a church member asked me what an “evangelical” is, what a “fundamentalist” is, and how they’re different. This article is basically how I answered. It’s a short answer. But, I think it captures the basic distinction between the two groups.1

Fundamentalism in America began as a protest movement within conservative Christian circles in the late 19th century. Christian leaders in churches, bible colleges, seminaries and denominations began to be aware of a revisionist, unorthodox approach to the Bible and theology. There was a willingness to reevaluate the integrity of the Bible, how it was transmitted and preserved, whether Adam and Eve were real people, whether Moses really wrote the Pentateuch, whether Isaiah really wrote all of Isaiah, whether Jesus was really conceived by a miracle of the Holy Spirit, whether miracles really happened, and more. This openness to “new ideas” began in seminaries and gradually filtered down to the pulpits in local churches of many denominational stripes.

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National Association of Evangelicals’ New President Hopes to Bring Together a Movement in Crisis

"Anderson and others have tried to keep the movement’s name from being hijacked as merely a political marker....Now Kim takes on these challenges, which have intensified during Donald Trump’s presidency. Christians are increasingly and explicitly asking what it means to be an evangelical today, with recent releases like Who Is an Evangelical? and Still Evangelical?" - Christianity Today

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5 types of American evangelicals; new report contributes to 'what is evangelicalism?' debate

"The Varieties of American Evangelicalism," was conducted by the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. The five types are: Trump-vangelicals, Neo-fundamentalist evangelicals, iVangelicals, Kingdom Christians, and Peace and Justice evangelicals." - CPost

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A push for compromise on LGBTQ protections may tear evangelicals apart

"Last week, World Magazine reported that two respected evangelical institutions, the National Association of Evangelicals and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, both quietly adopted a set of principles that call for comprehensive religious freedom protections combined with explicit support for LGBTQ protections in employment, education, housing and adoption, among others." -

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Responses to John MacArthur's "Social Injustice and the Gospel"

"I appreciated the words of Nate Pickowicz, calling for graciousness. My hope had been the same as Tim Challies', that after well over 50 years of faithful ministry—and nearly 50 of it at the same church—an older man who has been right about so many other issues over the decades would at least have 'the credibility [to] gain a hearing.'" - Pyro

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