In his recent essay published on the Semper Ref Collaborative, TE Derek Radney articulates the great danger to the future of the PCA is in the form of those whom he denounces as “Reformed Fundamentalists.”
I. The Neo(?) Reformed(?) Fundamentalists
Radney is not the first to label his PCA brothers as fundamentalists. In an oddly titled recent article – apparently alluding to the speech of renowned 20th Century Liberal Henry Emerson Fosdick: Shall the Fundamentalists Win – TE David Cassidy insists that (what he calls) “Neo-Fundamentalism” must have no place in the PCA.
To label one’s PCA opponents as “fundamentalists” is an odd choice at best, especially considering the rejection of Fundamentalism by those within Reformed Christianity. Machen, after all, not only refused to identify himself as a Fundamentalist Christian, but also corrected those who attempted to label him as a Fundamentalist.
…While inaccurate in terms of history and theology, labeling the brothers with whom one disagrees as “Fundamentalists” is nonetheless an effective rhetorical device. It makes it much easier to dismiss and marginalize their ideas rather than interact with them.
…If differing with would-be luminaries such as Radney, Cassidy, et. al. on certain points of subscription, sanctification, sexuality, the Sabbath, etc. makes one a “Fundamentalist!!” then who would want to hold such “Fundamentalist!!” positions? Read more»
Ryan Biese | “‘Neo-Fundamentalist’ / ‘Post-Modernist’ Controversy in the PCA” | May 26, 2022
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