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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Boy dressed as Batman breaks into Eagle County home | News | Boy dressed as Batman breaks into Eagle County home

This one kind of tugged at the ol' heart strings. A young boy who thinks it's his mission to help get people off of drugs? His need for help notwithstanding, he truly has the heart of a hero.

I Thought Fundamentalism Was Good!

When I was in high school, my basketball coach was big on teaching the basic skills of the game. No matter how early or how late in the season it was, or how well we were doing, we would ALWAYS find time during practice to work on dribbling, passing, pivoting, bank shots, jumpshots, free throws, etc.; you know, the fundamentals.

One of the most frustrating phenomena I've seen lately is the tendency to paint fundamentalism as something bad. It's used to describe closed-mindedness, backward thinking, and reactionary, even dangerous, behavior, among other things, and is probably most familiar in it's use to describe the "radical" Islamic movement, AND Christians who adhere to Biblical teaching. Let me just say for the record that the Islamic extremists, as well as any other extremists, who resort to indisciminate violence toward innocents in order to move their cause forward are not radicals, but criminals.

A quote from Wikipedia on "fundamentalism" reads, " Many groups described as fundamentalist often strongly object to this term because of the negative connotations it carries, or because it implies a similarity between themselves and other groups, which they find objectionable." Now, here's the definition for "fundamental" from Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition - note my added bolding within the definitions: "1 of or forming a foundation or basis; basic; essential [the fundamental rules of art] 2 relating to what is basic; radical [a fundamental alteration] 3 on which others are based; primary; original [a fundamental type] 4 most important; chief [his fundamental needs]"

Now, when exactly did basic, essential, primary, important and chief teachings become "radical," as is found in definition 2? I always thought of the word "radical" as meaning forward-thinking, groundbreaking, never-before-conceived type of ideas. But, I never thought that being "radical" had to mean leaving foundational elements behind.

I recently commented to the other members of the minsterial alliance in my town that I considered myself a fundamentalist. A bit shocked, one of them asked for an explanation. I think that he was surprised at the simplicity of my answer; I believe in living according to the Bible. I believe in teaching, studying and applying it directly to life, today. I believe it is just as vital to 21st century life as it was to First century life. In short, I believe it is "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16)." Those who forsake the basis for what they believe cease to be what they were meant to be.

And, besides, if those who wish to do away with fundamentalism get their way, won't they eventually have to go after the literacy advocacy group called Reading is Fundamental?

Think about it.