When thinking of unfundamentalists, I often associate the voice of most unfundamentalists with anger and high ground hatetred. I understand this completely – Christians have, historically, been terrible people. Especially those Christians who see the Bible as the inerrant, infallible word of God that is the ultimate truth and rulebook for humanity.
Why the unfandamentalist movement is growing
There are some obvious issues with the fundamentalist mindset, these include:
- The Bible isn’t inerrant – there are many cases where there are blatant contradictions about the same stories.
- It isn’t infallible – The Bible was written by people. If you stop and take a moment to think about what that means, you’ll realise that even the most inspired, good, and wholesome humans have flaws. The argument is in this instance that God can protect His word, and that is true. He can. In the same way He can stop someone from killing another person, but He doesn’t because it undermines free will. One of the greatest gifts He’s given us.
- It isn’t the ultimate rulebook for humanity – many sections in the Bible assume slavery, accepts patriarchy, and condemns homosexuality. It has given fundamentalists the moral high ground when they subject a certain group of people to horrific injustices.
The Shortcomings of Unfundamentalists
The trouble with the unfundamentalist movement right now is that many are joining the cause as if forgetting what Jesus was all about – being universally inclusive (fundamentalists are invited too). I believe that it is because of a lack of Bible study (not memorising the verses, but rather studying the material).
So, with this in mind, I share this reading list not as ammunition you can use on fundamentalists, but rather as a reading list to help you dig for the truth behind the story the Bible is telling us. I also hope that as you pick up some of these volumes, that you’ll fall in love with the Bible and our rich faith heritage again. And finally, I hope that you’ll be able to invite everyone into Jesus’ way of life, rather than trying to round them up and “change their minds”.
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Book recommendations to explore and enrich your growing unfundamentalist
These aren’t listed in the order you should read them, only in the order that I read them.