- Oct 23, 2011
Ah well, I'm not from the RCC, I'm from a Dutch Protestant/Reformed denomination. I do think there's a bit of a difference between conservative Protestants in the US and in Europe. In Europe we've had to deal with being a minority for a bit longer already.RetroActive said:You don't strike me as a fundamentalist at all. If you've ever had a conversation with a N.A. protestant fundamentalist (for ex.) these days you'd know what I mean. I don't know the equivalent in the RCC, maybe Opus Dei. These people are not free (in their minds) at all, they're trapped in a childish paradigm and led this way and that by buzzwords and group think. But they're right though and if you want to be saved...
Also, fundamentalist is a bit of an ambiguous term. I certainly believe in only one truth and only one Truth. One Truth explicitly has to do with religion I suppose, but in my opinion believing in one truth is simply common sense. That there's only one doesn't mean that we necessarily always know (everything about) it. I'm usually happy to admit those things I'm not quite sure of regarding the truth (and even regarding the Truth).
However I think the term fundamentalism originates from a series of essays entitled 'the fundamentals' by prominent conservative Protestant theologians in the beginning of the 20th century about what tenants of faith are crucial to the Christian faith in opposition to the theological liberalism (e.g. the historical resurrection of Christ, the deity of Christ, inspiration of the Bible and so forth). Fundamentalists were originally people who were a part of that movement or those who believed those things to be true. Now I certainly believe most if not all of the things discussed in those essays to be true, so I guess in the classical sense I am somewhat of a fundi.
Nevertheless through the decades it became a pejorative term for narrow minded people who aren't capable of a normal discussions about some of the things they believe. In that sense I hope I am not a fundamentalist.