A Question I Was Asked:

Isn't My Stance Against Evolution a Fundamentalist Approach?

The Question:

I see that you are not really 'fundamentalist' and are often critical of them, yet your creationism is pure fundamentalism. What have you got to say about this?

UK Apologetics Reply:

You are right. The older sort of 'fundamentalism' did not do Christianity too many favours by boxing themselves into an intellectual corner. They opposed just about everything including human learning, so, for example, they thought 'theology' was a dirty word when all it really is, is a really close study and appraisal of the word of God. They took up entrenched positions in other unwise areas also and some even sought biblical justification for racism. Some elements of this older fundamentalism may still be observed in certain groups within the 'southern states' of the United States.

Having stated all of that, these people were nevertheless right to be opposed to evolutionism. Unfortunately, some of their opposition was naive and not well-studied. You have to understand all of evolution's most recent claims/arguments in order to successfully oppose it.

I am evangelical rather than 'fundamentalist' because I believe we should all focus on proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is plainly our mission. I see no point in arguments between Baptists, Presbyterians or Methodists whereas the older fundamentalism seemed to love these sort of 'theological fisticuffs.' The modern Evangelical looks for unity in the vital matters; it is based on solid belief in God and in clear biblical statements, so it is pretty much disinterested in the differences between the denominations but quickly denounces heresy. It also does not insist on literalism in every single biblical text, recognising that the Word of God is made up of several different writing genres - just like a newspaper. There is proverb, poetry, letters (epistles), historical accounts, prophecy and apocalyptic writing too (not exactly the same thing as prophecy, and this is one insight which is often absent from fundamentalism). However, in common with fundamentalism, evangelicalism insists that Scripture came about through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit - there is no difference in stand there.

I will admit that there was a time where opposition to all evolutionary arguments was sometimes unwise, but modern evolutionism, sometimes called Neo-Darwinism, has now clearly placed its cards on the table. It has now embraced - and mostly identifies with - the new fundamentalist atheism; at this point the modern evangelical, in my view, should now be prepared to take up arms against it. We must be prepared to tell people where it is wrong and where it is really philosophical naturalism and is actually dismissive of well-established scientific laws (such as 'life can only come from life,' and the 'law of entropy,' which states that everything physical gradually deteriorates, it doesn't improve as evolution requires). That's where I stand.

Robin A. Brace. October 27th, 2012.

Also, look at my old 2002 article:

Evangelicalism, Fundamentalism; What's the Difference?