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Book #4: "Fundamentalism" and the Word of God by J.I. Packer

Number of pages: 191

This is quite a recent edition, but it is a reprint of a book first published in 1958. It conveys the sense of having been written entirely on a typewriter just in the style it is printed in.

The book explores the meaning of fundamentalism, which he notes has "recently grown notorious".

With groups like Westboro Baptist Church, it's not surprising that fundamentalists gets such a bad reputation.

The word "fundamentalism" refers to the act of taking scripture completely literally, and in his book J.I. Packer seems quite passionate about his beliefs and upset that many evangelists are referred to as "fundamentalists".

I got the sense reading it that the author was somewhat conservative himself with his views, as he made his points. A lot of the subject matter in the book is about the increasingly secular society that we live in, and he seemed particularly upset about liberal forms of Christianity that skip over areas of scripture, seemingly to satisfy others who might not agree.

As well as complaining about the impact of liberalism, he asserts the importance of faith and understanding the scriptures, and also highlighted places where churches themselves were failing to remember these things. Overall, there were some points where I was able to identify with and agree with what he was saying, particularly with regard to the typical cynicism of modern times, and there were some arguments that surprised me as they were things I'd never even thought of.

This book over overly political and philosophical, and is not a particularly easy read. I had to re-read some chapters because I found some of the language difficult, and sometimes what I had read just would not sink in. If you're into challenging books and philosophy, I would recommend it.

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Tags: christian, classic, contemporary, essays, modern classic, non-fiction, politics, scholarly, spiritual reading

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