What in the World is Fundamentalism? — Ask Anabaptist Perspectives Anything Episode 36

November 11, 2022

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Fundamentalism is a hermeneutic, a way of looking at the scriptures, a preoccupation with getting it right and checking all the right boxes.

This is foreign to our basic Anabaptist hermeneutic.

Reagan presses Chester Weaver to respond to a listener who says “I still don’t understand what fundamentalism is.” So this talk takes another pass at this large subject.

Chester points to Harold Bender as a leader who managed to reject both liberalism and fundamentalism through attention to the Anabaptist story.

The Dortrecht Confession always begins with God. The Christian Fundamentals begin with the “Word of God.” This reflects a shift from a lived faith to doctrinal orthodoxy.

Read the Dordrecht Confession of faith online: Dordrecht Confession of Faith (Mennonite, 1632) – GAMEO

Read the Christian Fundamentals online: Dordrecht Confession of Faith (Mennonite, 1632) – GAMEO

Episode Guest Info

Chester Weaver

Chester Weaver has been involved in Christian education for almost all of his adult life, serving as full-time Christian School teacher for 34 years and specializing in history and theology. He also has taught 20 years at short term youth Bible schools. Presently, he and his wife, Barbara, parents of eight children, reside in Itasca, Texas, near two of their sons’ families. One son and two daughters with their families live in California while two more children live in Virginia. One son with his family lives in Ireland.

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Episode Host

Reagan Schrock

Reagan is a member of Wellspring Mennonite Church and lives with his wife Patricia in southeast Tennessee. Reagan, along with Jaran, started Anabaptist Perspectives in 2017, and serves in leadership in the organization, in addition to being deeply involved in overseas missions work.

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