Religious fundamentalism is defined as any “militantly conservative religious movement in opposition to modernity.” Sociologists named religious fundamentalism after the Christian fundamentalists who were, in turn, named for the The Fundamentals series of essays. In 1910, a couple of oil tycoon brothers paid for 90 essays, written by 64 authors, to be distributed free-of-charge to all Christian organizations in the Anglosphere who requested them.
About a quarter million of the four-volume sets of The Fundamentals were sent across the United States. The series then became the founding documents of the Christian “fundies.” They focused on defending the “Five Fundamentals” of Christian faith.
The Five Fundamentals
- The inspiration of the Bible by the Holy Spirit and the inerrancy of Scripture as a result of this, especially regarding miracles.
- The virgin birth and divinity of Christ.
- The doctrine that Christ’s death on the cross was a substitutionary atonement for sin.
- The bodily resurrection of Christ.
- The historical reality of Christ’s miracles.
These “Five Fundamentals” were taken from The Doctrinal Deliverance of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA in 1910. They had been enumerated in response to three prospective elders of the UPCNA who had refused to affirm the Virgin Birth of Christ in 1909. They probably chose five in number because of the Presbyterian tradition of the Five Points of Calvinism which, in turn, came from the Canons of Dort.
The Five Fundamentals were drafted to oppose heresies in the early 20th century that are grouped together under the name of “modernism.” The heresy is also called liberalism. Specifically, they opposed the “Higher Criticism” of the Bible coming out of German seminaries at the time; the latest scientific theories in astronomy, geology, and biology that were coming from the universities; and the activism of the “social gospel” of many evangelicals during the Third Great Awakening. These movements were threats against traditional Christian faith and its emphasis on personal holiness.
Famous doctrines such as Protestant belief in justification by faith were not emphasized by the Five Fundamentals because they were not under direct attack by modernism at the time. The fundamentals therefore have little to do with the old theological arguments within Christendom such as the Five Points of Calvinism, the solae, or the Trinity.
Emphasis on the Second Coming of Christ and on Young Earth Creationism were subsequent developments of the fundamentalist movement in the 20th century. The first people to embrace the term “fundamentalist” were dispensationalists who awaited the imminent Second Coming. Darwinism became a major threat to Christians only after the Scopes Monkey Trial in the 1920’s and the Cold War science emphasis in public schools. As a result, many modern fundies have since added Young Earth Creationism to the Inerrancy fundamental and the Second Coming of Christ to the bodily Resurrection fundamental.
The New Fundamentals
Modernism has since expanded to pit women against men, non-Whites against Whites, and governments against their peoples. The Fundamentals must expand to meet these new threats.
Christian men must understand that patriarchy, not pick-up artistry, is the God-ordained fundamental against feminism. The family must be defended against anti-family threats like extramarital sex, sodomy, transgenderism and the “fatherhood of the underclass” by the state through welfare.
Christians must acknowledge that tribe, not the state, is the first and forever form of humanity. And, that it has been decreed by the God of the Bible. We must stand against the myth of the neutral secular state which uses fake versions of science, democracy, history and community to parasite upon White Christian patriarchs.
Christians must confess that God created the physical universe and that He demands real physical sacrifices from us. A tree is judged by the fruit it produces and a man is judged by his actions. All these progressive fantasies of post-scarcity societies and transhumanist utopias are just the ancient Gnostic heresy rearing its ugly head once again.
The more we try to avoid confronting these fundamental attacks upon Christendom, the more Satan will press his advantage at precisely these fundamentals. Tactically, he is correct to do so. He will continue his attacks until we abandon our defensive posture, turn, and return fire on his own chosen ground. Those Christians who do so will be the new fundamentalists.
Secede in your mind.