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Fundamentalism and Evangelicals$
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Harriet A. Harris

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199532537

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532537.001.0001

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(p.313) Conclusion
Fundamentalism and Evangelicals

Harriet A. Harris

Oxford University Press

The Fundamentalist movement has played an important part in the development of Protestant Christianity in North America and Britain. Although most Fundamentalists have diverse understanding of the theories of the scripture, they are all in agreement that a ‘high’ view of the Bible is an important part of their Evangelical identity. Fundamentalist Evangelicals failed to recognize that it is this ‘high’ view of the Bible that led to all these criticisms. Fundamentalists have the following mentality: the commitment to the use of a priori reasoning that the scripture contains no error because it is inspired by God and the use of empirical methodology to demonstrate the inerrancy of the Bible. These two views create a hidden tension in the Evangelical faith. Fundamentalism places a heavy burden on the scriptures, making it harder to dismiss small inconsistencies and minor factual errors.

Keywords:   Protestant Christianity, Fundamentalists, Evangelicals, scripture

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