The Postfundamentalist Forum

Welcome! The purpose of the Postfundamentalist Forum is to promote serious and disciplined thought about the world from a Christian and biblical perspective, and in so doing to worship God with our minds.

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Introduction

The Christian worldview is comprehensive—it touches on every aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, the theological shifts of the last hundred or so years have turned the evangelical Church largely into an inward-gazing, separatist body, seemingly more concerned about shoring up its defenses against the world in anticipation of escape via the Rapture, than an outward-looking, militant body intent on refuting the pagans and seeing the world redeemed. I will build my church, said Jesus, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it—and yet if you listen to some people, you would think that the forces of Hell were storming the gates of the Church.

But the so-called cultural mandate goes right back to creation. God told Adam, "Fill the earth with people and bring it under your control. Rule over the fish in the ocean, the birds in the sky, and every animal on the earth" (Gen. 2:28 CEV). The eighth Psalm reiterates this:

You let us rule everything your hands have made.
And you put all of it under our power—
the sheep and the cattle, and every wild animal,
the birds in the sky,
the fish in the sea, and all ocean creatures. (Psa. 8:6–8)
In the New Testament, Jesus said:
You are like salt for everyone on earth. But if salt no longer tastes like salt, how can it make food salty? All it is good for is to be thrown out and walked on.

You are like light for the whole world. A city built on top of a hill cannot be hidden, and no one would light a lamp and put it under a clay pot. A lamp is placed on a lampstand, where it can give light to everyone in the house. Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven. (Matt. 5:13–16)

The analogy is clear: rather than keep ourselves aloof from the world, we are called to participate in our culture, thereby seasoning or illuminating it, as it were, so that God is glorified.

Why Postfundamentalist?

The Fundamentalist movement of the early 20th century was a reaction to theological liberalism that sought to "de-mythologize" Christianity and make it relevant to the modern world. The Fundamentalists responded by reffirming the essential supernatural character of Christianity, publishing a series of pamphlets collectively known as "The Fundamentals."

The writers of "The Fundamentals" included intellectual evangelical heavyweights such as B. B. Warfield, J. Gresham Machen, and R. A. Torrey. Men like these encouraged disciplined thought, advanced education, and serious scholarship. But today, the word "Fundamentalist" is more closely associated with a group of Christians who are anti-intellectual, anti-culture, closely associated with the political Right, and legalistic. The word "Fundamentalist," therefore, has connotations that would be a hindrance to the mission of this forum, not a help. On the other hand, terms like "Evangelical" are so broadly defined as to be useless to describe any distinctive.

Hence the term "Postfundamentalist"—a word that acknowledges the contribution of the Fundamentalists to doctrinal soundness, but distances itself from what Fundamentalism has become.

About the Forum Owner

This EZBoard is created and maintained by me, Scott McClare. I reside in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where I work as a technical writer/editor for an aerospace technology company. I'm 29, single, and a little over my optimum weight. When I'm not working, I read voraciously, sing bass in my church choir, and fiddle around with my Korg N5 synthesizer.

I have a degree in English—Rhetoric and Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo. Although I have an interest in deep theology, I'm not a clergyman or a theologian, and I have no theology-related education. My intention in creating this forum was simply to spark some interest in serious Christian thought, which I believe has declined seriously, especially in the last fifty or so years.

So what's on topic?

You name it! The Bible's subject matter ranges from the loftiest spiritual subjects to the most mundane, from the way we speak to God to how we go about our daily lives. Permissible subjects include, but are not limited to:

In short, nearly anything is on-topic. Although at present only one discussion forum exists, I reserve the right to re-organize the Postfundamentalist Forum as necessity dictates, for example, creating forums titled "Apologetics," "Theology," "Literature," and so forth to accommodate those topics. Also, I may redirect conversations to other worthy discussion boards if I feel we're "stealing" too much of their traffic.


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