Fundamentalism, failure and humility

Too often, fundamentalism has been characterized (in addition to other things) by a maddening readiness to resort to pat answers. Why think or reflect on a matter? It’s a lot easier to just grab a well-worn book of clichés and prepackaged solutions and start reciting.

A big drawback to this approach, of course, is that life does not consist mainly of multiplication tables.

Though I’m a reluctant fundamentalist, I’m finding myself strangely (irresistably?) drawn to Dr. Kevin Bauder’s honest, thoughtful, and often humorous analysis of life.

I see it as a positive indicator of the current state of fundamentalism that a president of a fundamentalist seminary is willing to frankly admit that there have been (and still are) shortcomings within his own movement.

In some ways this is a small step. After all, everybody has faults, and confessing them to one another shouldn’t be a big deal.

But in another sense, it is a big deal. It takes humility to recognize and admit one’s failures (or one’s movement’s failures), and I commend Dr. Bauder for his courage and leadership.


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