At both Dallas Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School I heard the story of modern-day Evangelicalism.  It was a movement which sought to break away from the anti-intellectualism and lack of cultural engagement of the hapless Fundamentalists.

The consistent impression was that the Evangelicals left the Fundamentalists for good. I’m no longer so sure of that narrative.

It seems there remains at least some Fundamentalist tendencies within much of Evangelicalism.  I see it regularly in the lack of interest in the church’s history, and confidence, even hubris, over how one understands non primary doctrinal issues like the age of the earth.  The pugnacious and polemical spirit which characterized modern-day Fundamentalism seems to still find safe haven in too many so-called Evangelical churches.

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