Originally posted by Coletti
How do you define fundamentalist?
How do you define fundamentalist? I suppose I consider myself a fundamentalist because I believe the Bible as an axiomatic foundation for truth.
But I see logic as axiomatic also. It would be impossible for me to believe anything wit ...[text shortened]... ection of logic or because they claim to believe contradictions.
yes, fair question, and i probably should have already elaborated on this. i personally tend to see fundamentlism as a rather strict characterization. in particular, i think a necessary condition (but not in itself sufficient) for being a fundamentalist is that one believes the bible is literally true on all accounts. (there may be weak and strong versions of fundamentalism -- i'm not really sure.)
from what i gather from reading many of your posts, you do not fit this description, coletti, as you have stated before that you do not think the bible should be taken literally on all accounts (correct me if i'm wrong). in this sense, i would characterize you as far too level-headed to be a true fundamentalist. further, i have enjoyed and continue to enjoy your posts as a general rule because you usually seem to offer some interpretive insight and room for leeway into your belief system rather than just robotically regurgitating scripture and playing the 'the bible is right because it is the bible' trump card -- these are also traits i would ascribe to the non-fundie.
most of my ranting above was directed toward a few strict fundamentalists i know (not necessarily all here on this website), and was not directed generally at christians. i do not believe fundamentalism necessarily implies irrational thought, but the strict fundamentalists i know would rather gouge their eyes out than admit the bible may contain an error.