June 13, 2006

D.H. Williams on the Fundamentals

Tradition indicates the core teaching and preaching of the early church which has bequesthed to us the fundamentals of what it is to think and believe Christianly.... The tradition of the Christian faith is that fundamental Christian identity for every believer no matter which of the traditions—Protestant, Roman Catholic or Orthodox—he or she may profess.

D.H. Williams, Retrieving the Tradition and Renewing Evangelicalism: A Primer for Suspicious Protestants (Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans, 1999), 6-7.

I particularly appreciate the way Williams uses the word fundamental in this passage. Whether intentional or not, it critiques the modern Christian fundamentalist movement for having contributed to what he earlier calls "a huge gap in the historical consciousness of the Free church" (5).

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