A Christian Fundamentalist is a Christian who subscribes to the theological principles outlined in The Fundamentals, a twelve volume series of theological papers published between 1910 and 1915 and seeking to locate the definitive principles of Christianity.
The irreducable core principles were defined as:
- The inerrancy of the Bible
- The literal nature of the Biblical accounts, especially regarding Christ's miracles, and the Creation account in Genesis.
- The Virgin Birth of Christ
- The bodily resurrection and physical return of Christ
- The substitutionary atonement of Christ on the cross
Note that fundamentalism is not a denomination in its own right, nor is it even confined to one sectarian branch of the faith. Some denominations cleave to the fundamentals as a matter of principle whilst others would dispute some elements or add other doctrines that they consider vital - due to the "herd of cats" tendency of Christians in general these things can be hard to define. This is … somewhat ironic, but perhaps not unexpected for a movement seeking to find common ground amongst the manyfold variations that exist within the Church.
As is to be expected, the term "fundamentalist" is frequently misused often by people who have no idea what the word means, usually to mean "Christian that I disagree with" and/or applied to other religions as a stamp of disapproval, which renders it even more useless.
Game and Story Use
- Essentially irrelevant in game unless you are planning some kind of peculiar theology based roleplay - although it could be used as a model for a movement trying to establish common ground within a much fragmented religion.