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  •  Among Christians, "evangelical," "Fundamentalist" (1+ / 0-)
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    and "Biblical literalist" refer to different things. The secularists who use the terms interchangeably are stepping on their own message.

    •  Many denominations who used to... (0+ / 0-)

      ...consider themselves to be fundamentalists now self-refer as evangelical as well. The church I grew up in (and left) is one, as are many independent churches in the Midwest. Nothing changed but the verbiage.

      No, you can't fix stupid. You OUTNUMBER stupid. -Wildthumb, 1/10/2013

      by newinfluence on Sat Apr 05, 2014 at 02:46:05 PM PDT

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    •  I"m Not So Sure... (0+ / 0-)

      These three epithets are a bit nuanced in their differences, in my view. At least the terms "fundamentalist" and "Biblical literalist" have significant overlap both in their meanings and in the populations to which they appeal.

      In modern parlance, I think "evangelical" carries the same basic flavor: there is one truth, I have it, and if you don't have it, you are condemned in whatever way my truth dictates.

      The opposite idea is openness, open-mindedness, acceptance of at least the possibility that those with whom one disagrees may nonetheless have access to Truth.

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