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									Fundamentalist Fallacies
By Brian Rushfeldt

Recently a friend emailed me, deeply hurt and upset over verbal attacks by a business
partner. He had accused her of being a “fundamentalist Christian”, comparing Christian
fundamentalists to the Taliban. Why? For expressing her support of the biblical definition
of marriage.

She was challenged to probe her faith, heart attitudes, and position on marriage more
deeply than ever before.

One of the first questions she asked herself was, “What is a fundamentalist? And is it
wrong to be a fundamentalist?” Although she was distressed by the attack on her personal
character, she also recognized it as an opportunity to strengthen the foundation of what
she believes and why.

She looked up “fundamentalist” in the dictionary. Fundamentalist: a religious movement
or point of view characterized by a return to fundamental principles (often opposed to
secularism). “Okay,” she thought, “I guess I am a fundamentalist.”

Why is fundamentalism viewed so negatively in the 21st century? I propose there are two
main reasons. First, certain fundamentalists use terrorism, violence and hate to force their
views and values on others.

The second reason fundamentalism is viewed negatively is, in my view, the most
prevalent. It is the delusional view or fallacy that fundamental principles which oppose
humanist/ secular views on certain issues are discriminatory and hateful. The secular
“spin doctors” in society use the media to define matters to their advantage and portray
those who adhere to Christian principles as somehow “bad” and “intolerant” people.

What is inherently wrong with upholding fundamental biblical principles that have
proven beneficial for humanity over several thousand years? Despite overwhelming
evidence of harm resulting from the violation of basic moral principles, today’s so-called
modern and progressive society spins the basic view that there is such a thing as right and
wrong as hateful and intolerant. They use name-calling and intimidation to try and silence
those who disagree with their secularist philosophy.

In reality, those who are true biblical “fundamentalists” pose no threat except to
challenge the fallacy of the so-called “neutral” secularist view. Secularism is not a
neutral belief; in fact, it is a religion. One of the dictionary definitions of religions is: a
cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion. Those who
attempt to force secularism on society are the truly dangerous fundamentalists, as
opposed to God-fearing Christians who simply live out their faith in Christ and walk in
Christians who do not cave in to every philosophy, theory, poll and demand for “rights”
are seen as intolerant, bigoted, and even hateful. What a fallacious argument.

As mentioned previously, we are all too aware of a fundamentalist movement today that
uses terrorism, threat, violence, and force. But that movement has nothing in common
with Christians who adhere to fundamental principles of faith.

It is paradoxical that when we take a stand against such behaviours as murder, rape or
child abuse we are not called fundamentalist. But should we take a stand or even discuss
issues of human sexuality or marriage from a biblical perspective, the fundamentalist
secularists attack, threaten, belittle, and accuse.

So no, it is not wrong to return to and stand by fundamental biblical principles of
morality, decency, fairness, fact and truth. The Christian faith does not teach that we
approve or endorse all behaviours, nor does it call for silence when our beliefs are
challenged. It does call us to speak the truth in love. If we don’t speak up, society will be
ruled by a secular-humanist religious view which has proven a dismal failure in resolving
the social and moral challenges that individuals and societies inevitably face.

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