Fundamentally Unbiblical Fundamentalism | James mcgrath

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The title of this article says it all: Fundamentalism is basically unbiblical.

Now, before you ask the question, I obviously don’t mean that Christian fundamentalists don’t cite the Bible in support of their opinions, beliefs, and practices. They do. Of course, they systematically condemn others for “choose and choose” and yet that is what they themselves do, but that is not the subject of today’s article. Almost anyone who wants to can be “biblical” in the sense that they find verses that support their views, and in the hope that no one notices those they. are not citing. (In fact, the fundamentalists have found a solution to this problem. They call it “interpreting the Scriptures by the Scriptures. This means that if the Bible says something that you agree with, you can dismiss all the places that seem. disagree with the verses you like, since they cannot mean what they seem to mean, since Scripture cannot contradict Scripture. Oh, my…)

I’m not even accusing them of being unbiblical in the sense that they contradict parts of the Bible. They are. But parts of the Bible itself contradict parts of the Bible, and some of what I think certainly are too, and it would be hypocritical to criticize them for being unbiblical in that sense.

How is Christian fundamentalism fundamentally unbiblical? In short, they deny that the bible is what it is. Pretend that the Bible is simple when it is complex, pretend it is clear when it is not, pretend it is uniform when it is diverse, pretend it is monolithic when it is plural, pretend it is it is irreproachable when it is characterized from end to end by the limits and the shortcomings of its human authors – what could be more antibiblical than that?

See also:

Inerrancy vs. Humility and humanity

God is infallible and infallible: the Bible is neither

Today’s post is a replay of something I wrote in 2008.


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