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What Is Christian Fundamentalism

What is Christian fundamentalism? Is it possible to be brainwashed? How do we know we are being brainwashed?

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What's weird is that certain sects just barely within the pale of Christianity, such as Appalachian snake handlers, or even groups like JW and LDS get called "fundamentalist", though they actually deny one or more of classical fundmentalism's main points!

Now, what does this have to do with brainwashing?
---Jack on 12/23/07


Why are pentecostals so inclined to preach tithing. I think its (tithing) a corrupt teaching
---calhoon on 4/6/07


Christian fundamentalism is just what it indicates, Christian. The basics of faith based on God's Word. There are fundamental muslims, fundamental Hindu...etc.
---e_loia on 4/6/07


You have been brainwashed when you believe what that person says regardless of the fact that it is unScriptural. It is so very important for Christians to study the Bible privately for themselves, so that they will know what they hear is correct or incorrect.
---Helen_5378 on 4/6/07


Well, God doesn't do it, that is for sure. The Devil, he is the evil force and the culprit. That is why is it so important to let God be your teacher. WOW! JESUS, keep on a teaching ME!
---catherine on 4/5/07




** Outstanding reply Jack.**

Thanks, Pharisee. Keep in mind that I am talking about CLASSICAL fundmenatalism, as defined by the books THE FUNDAMENTALS.

Frequently Pentecostals/Charismatics are seen as part a fundamentalism, but there was a time when classical fundamentalists didn't have the time of day for pentecostals.
---Jack on 4/5/07


If you eat soap your brain might get washed...just kiddin'. Religious fundalmentalism is the leaven of legalism. A fundamentalist is similar to being legalistic, emphasizing the elementary or basic principles of the Bible, often lacking the supernatural manifestations of the Holy Spirit. Yes, people who do not know the contents of the Holy Bible may believe any falsehood, and also from not reading them while being in the Holy Spirit. You must be in-spirited to properly understand God's inspired words.
---Eloy on 4/5/07


Outstanding reply Jack.
---Pharisee on 4/4/07


Revherb; Your response goes against history and Mr Webster, try the dictionary. The other responses were closer to the mark.

Literalism, as AMERICAN FUNDAMENTALIST understand it is only 100 years old.

"Believe what it says"- God gave us the ability to think. another fundamentalist down the street may hold the same doctrines about the Bible as you, yet come up with another intrepretation-and there are lots of streets.
---MikeM on 4/4/07


To be a fundamentalist, means you believe in the fundamental principals of the bible. The virgin birth, The death, burial and bodily resurrection of Christ. Save by grace through faith and nothing else. In other words, believe what the bible says, not what you think it says or what someone tells you it says.
---Pastor_Herb on 4/4/07




Christian fundamentalism was a movement in reaction to theological liberalism and modernism. It gets its name from a series of booklets written by a Presbyterian theologian from Princeton named Machen.

He insisted on certain propositions as "fundamental" to Christianity. Among others were the plenary inspiration and accuracy of the Bible, the deity of Jesus Christ, the historicity of miracles, and His literal Resurrection, Ascension, and imminent personal Return.
---Jack on 4/4/07


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He also said that these propositions were intellectualy defensible.

Oddly enough, these propositions are held not only by so called "fundamentalists" but Roman Catholics and Orthodox. They are part and parcel of what is called "Mere Christianity."

Over the years, there have been some cultural add-onstotal abstinence, certain forms of dress, dispensationalism, and others--that were not part of the original propositions.
---Jack on 4/4/07


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