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You dirty fundamentalist!

September 7, 2006

Tonight a friend of mine called me a fundamentalist. And I felt like I had been hit in the chest. He said it like it was a dirty word — like bastard or whore; or, perhaps, I just assumed he meant it that way because of his wry smile and the way he shook his head as he said it. It was as if he found me amusing. You know, like a clown is amusing.

I took offense immediately to this buzz word “fundamentalist.” It is one of those words that, although it has a simple meaning, has come to imply so many things connotatively that it was nearly impossible to know for sure what my friend meant by it. But, as I said, I assumed that he didn’t mean it as a compliment.

A fundamentalist, by definition, is a person within a movement — or having an attitude — stressing strict and literal adherence to a set of basic principles and often refers to a movement in 20th century Protestantism emphasizing the literally interpreted Bible as fundamental to Christian life and teaching.

So, you see, I’m not a fundamentalist — I’m a Wesleyan, darn it!

Well, I could go on with the definitions for a long time, but I think you’d all get bored. My friend defined a fundamentalist as believing in the Bible over science.

In reality, I believe that pure science proves certain aspects of the Bible.

I also think that science doesn’t really prove or solve much of anything. For example, I went to a doctor who specializes in sinuses and allergies because I have had some pretty crippling migraines lately. His response to my plight — he basically said he wasn’t sure and gave me some options. When you consider how long science has been working in the realms of medicine that’s pretty pathetic, isn’t it?

So, now that I have let you see my archaic anti-science side, I hope you’ll keep reading my Blogs. Please don’t ask me about how science and the Bible jive. I haven’t used the information in a long time so it has left my brain. Google the name Hovind or visit and you should find something. You could also ask the man who used to be my better half– his name is Chris and I’m going to put him back in my top 8 for the next month so that you can all grill him about Creationism and the like.

But just remember when all is said and done, there really is no such thing as proof. Evidence that proves something to me and satisfies my doubt may not satisfy yours, and vice-versa. So, I can’t prove it to you. You will have to decide to believe in something, just like I did.

So go ahead and call me a dirty fundamentalist if you want. I know what I believe, so your name-calling can’t hurt me! What do you think about that? — seriously, I want to know what you think. I dare you to tell me!

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