Fundamentalist Foibles

Podcast 11 deals with the phenomenon of Fundamentalism, particularly biblical Fundamentalism, and its history. The podcast begins by setting the historical parameters, in the early part of the twentieth century, and considers some of the reasons that the movement may have begun. German biblical criticism, Darwin’s theory, and the First World War among them. A brief sketch of the movement is then offered, starting with the Niagara Bible Conference and the publication of The Fundamentals. The basic tenets of the belief system are summarized, again with suggestions as to why this may have been the case. A cautionary conclusion ends the presentation.

6 thoughts on “Fundamentalist Foibles

  1. atimetorend

    Hi, I’ve been reading up on the history of fundamentalism and its current status lately and am enjoying this podcast, nice job (found you on Sabio’s blog). Are there any books you could recommend on this subject (other than the source material itself like The Fundamentals)?


    • Steve Wiggins

      Thanks for listening! There’s actually quite a lot now available, but the standard I like to use is James Barr’s book, Fundamentalism. Barr is a little stodgy and hard to read at times. For that reason I like to suggest Ronald Witherup’s Biblical Fundamentalism: What Every Catholic Should Know. It is, obviously, written for Catholics, but the information on the Fundamentalist movement is quite good. Depending on your specific area of interest in the movement there are other sources available. Feel free to ask about any particular areas you’re interested in.


  2. atimetorend

    Thanks Steve, I’ve been meaning to get Barr’s book for a while. I’ll definitely check out both the books you mentioned.

    Particular areas: One thing I’m especially interested in is the relationship between Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism. I know from the history of evangelicalism that it grew out of fundamentalism. It also seems the two bleed back together today to some degree. My personal idea is that evangelicalism is theologically fundamentalist, but not socially so. Any thoughts or other reading on that?

    I have left an Evangelical church which over the years has grown closer and closer to the new Reformed Protestant crowd, John Piper, Wayne Grudem, Al Mohler, Westminster Theological Seminary, etc. (or as an example).


    • Steve Wiggins

      A good source for this is probably George Marden’s Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism. Marden has written extensively on Fundamentalism and he is a trustworthy source.

      Happy reading!


  3. I’m half way through the Marsden book. I am really getting a lot out of it, it seems like it is hitting just the topics I want to learn about. It is very complicated to get the big picture though.


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