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The Fundamentals of the Christian faith

Between 1910 and 1915 a collection of 90 essays was distributed by two wealthy oil magnates. These essays attempted to nail down the basics of the Christian faith and counteract the growing modernist movement. “The Fundamentals” is often mentioned in history books about Christian fundamentalism, but it is rare for anyone to discuss the essays themselves. So I thought we should break down at least 6 of them together!

I’m joined this episode by some good friends to introduce you to “The Fundamentals”. This influential time capsule document takes us inside the proto-fundamentalist movement, just before it really took off.

Discussion Questions:

  • What would you include in your own list of fundamentals?
  • Is creationism fundamental? What is the role of evolution in our modern theology?
  • The fear of evolution wasn’t just about people thinking we’d come from chimps. It also revolved around concerns of people applying evolution to other areas of life. How have you seen evolution applied to other studies?
  • Is the Bible inerrant? What does that mean?
  • Have you read the full Bible yourself? Why or why not?

Essays we read:

  • “My Experience With the Higher Criticism” by JJ Reeve
  • “The Deity of Christ” by BB Warfield
  • “The Certainty and Importance of the Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the Dead” by Reuben Torrey
  • “Science and Christian Faith” by James Orr
  • “Evolutionism in the Pulpit” by “An Occupant of the Pew”
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