I don’t think that there is any better representation of my perspective on Fundamentalism than Bauder’s article A Fundamentalism Worth Saving. I include a summary but I would plead with you to read the article if you have never done so.
- A fundamentalism worth saving will be a fundamentalism that takes doctrine seriously.
- A fundamentalism worth saving will be a fundamentalism that takes the human condition seriously.
- A fundamentalism worth saving will also be a fundamentalism that takes learning seriously.
- Moreover, it will be a fundamentalism that takes meaning seriously.
- A fundamentalism that is not serious about meaning will not be serious about obedience. Neither will it be serious about the religious affections.
- The only way to be a historic, biblical fundamentalist is to be a cultural fundamentalist.
- A fundamentalism worth saving must be sober. And it is this: we must take piety seriously.
- It is our fundamental duty (and our delight) to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Everything else grows out of this.
- A fundamentalism worth saving will be a fundamentalism that takes separatism seriously.
- Fundamentalists have done separatism too badly too often. We have sometimes made it the excuse for political posturing and power grabbing. We have sometimes tolerated unchristian conduct and even error to our Right while excoriating the smallest deviations to our Left. These abuses have cast a pall of opprobrium over separatism. The young leaders who are training in our schools are aware of that opprobrium, and they are waiting for us to make the case for a legitimate separatism that that can be defended theologically and implemented deliberately.