On Sat, 9 Feb 2002, John W Burgeson wrote:
> But, as Edmund Burke observed, "Just because only a little can be done,
> it does not excuse one from doing what he can." (paraphrased), we must
> keep on keeping on in the gallant battle. Fundamentalism is only 90 years
> old, it has a good way to go before it dies. That it will die, I have
> little doubt. And, as Allen well knows, both you and I, along with many
> here, are committed to killing it just a little bit sooner by our
> arguments and testimonies.
The term fundamentalist seems to have undergone quite a bit of evolution
in the last 90 years until its range of uses makes its meaning rather
fuzzy. It is supposedly derived from the publication, The Fundamentals,
but it seems to have become a pejorative term applied to those who are
devoutly religious and with whom one disagrees. This now includes Islamic
The Fundamentals were written as an answer to the teachings of the higher
criticism of the early 20th century. If YEC's read the Fundamentals'
article on science by James Orr, they would be very upset. Orr endorsed
the view that the days of Genesis 1 were eons, and he even suggested that
evolution was a new name for creation.
Department of Mathematics
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0395
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