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ISBN/ASIN : 0825426332
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Release data : 01 February, 1990
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Fascinating and highly informative
By the turn of the 20th century, new "modern" and liberal teachings (such as Evolution, Higher Criticism, rejection of the reliability of the Bible and rejection of the deity of Christ) had begun to have a serious influence on American churches, provoking debate across the country. In 1909, two Christian laymen, oil magnates Lyman and Milton Stewart, set aside money for the publication of a group of articles, written by well-known orthodox Protestant scholars, spelling out the fundamentals (or essential doctrines for salvation) of the Christian faith. From 1910 to 1915 the scholars published ninety articles, which were eventually compiled into twelve books. These ninety articles defend each of the essential doctrines then perceived to be under attack, and cover such things as the inspiration of Scripture, the virgin birth, deity and substitutionary atonement of Christ, and a host of others.
Though, by the turn of the 21st century, the term "Fundamentalist" has undergone a great deal of change, these Fundamentals harken back to those original Fundamentalists. If you have heard the term "Fundamentalist" used as a pejorative against Christians, and wish to understand what the term really means, then I would highly recommend that you get this book. Being written by scholars, as a scholarly defense, it is somewhat dry in its reading, plus by now some of the issues may seem out of date. But, that said, this is a fascinating and highly informative work of basic theology that I recommend to all believers. I am very glad that I read these Fundamentals, and think that you will be too.