Yesterday, Pete Enns ran a great post about why he (and blogs like IM) should remain engaged in loving conversation with those in more fundamentalist traditions of the faith who disagree with us.
Here are the nine reasons he listed:
1. Fundamentalists are human beings and therefore are of infinite worth.
2. Fundamentalists are my brothers and sisters in the faith.
3. In the practice of my own faith, what I do to others does not hinge on what others do to me.
4. Not all fundamentalists are in hyper-battle mode, and not all have painted a target on my back.
5. Some fundamentalists are on a journey out of fundamentalism, even if they do not yet know it, and they need a place to land.
6. Vocal fundamentalist gatekeepers do not speak for all those they claim to speak for, and so all fundamentalists should not be grouped together.
7. Fundamentalists can be kind and open-minded in theological disagreement, and just plain old kind in general. Some of the nicest, godliest, people I know are fundamentalists.
8. No more or less than any other Christian subgroup, fundamentalists genuinely and sincerely seek after God in ways that make most sense to them.
9. Fundamentalists may tend toward equating virtually all aspects of Scripture as literally reflecting space and time reality, but they are also taking seriously the call to “access” the biblical story.
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As a former fundamentalist myself, I would add one more, to make it an even ten:
10. I’m sure there are many things I can continue to learn from them as well.