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What is a fundamentalist approach to the bible?

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What is a fundamentalist approach to the bible? The word Fundamentalist is commonly used to describe a very conservative and literalist approach to the bible. The original Christian fundamentalists were part of a protestant movement in the USA at the beginning of the nineteenth century, who set out to preserve the fundamentals of the Christian Faith. In their view, this included the inerrancy of the Bible. In this understanding, the Bible is the actual word of God to the extent that it was literally dictated by God, word for word, to the people who wrote it down. ...read more.


If society moves to a point were the Bible seems no longer appropriate for it, then for the fundamentalist it is the society which must change and not the book which is in fallible. Fundamentalists believe firmly that the Bible can be absolutely trusted as the truth because it comes from God and God does not make mistakes. Their justification for the position if often taken from the Bible itself because if the bible if the source of truth then it can speak for itself with authority> "All scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof for correction and for training in righteousness, so that every one who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work." ...read more.


The words of the bible can be accepted as being infallible, and can be accepted unthinkingly. Every piece of historical information in the Bible for example need not be questioned but can be accepted as fact. A believer can know at once whether to accept a theory of scientists, historians or geologists by comparing their findings to the words of the Bible, which are already known to be true. People never have to rely on their own interpretation and judgement and so there can be no danger that the Bible will be misunderstood. The Bible can be trusted entirely whereas other views which allow that the Bible might sometimes be mistaken, cast doubt on every verse. ...read more.

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