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The closing of the secular mind

Andrew Wilson begins his brilliant If God, then what?1 with a warning against fundamentalism.

Graham Veale

Wilson has no problem with a deep commitment to Christianity’s foundational doctrines; he is, after all, a convinced evangelical. Rather, he is concerned with a fundamentalist attitude which has no time for rational discourse, and which refuses to engage with other viewpoints. This style of fundamentalism intimidates or browbeats assent into the minds of believers; it never takes the time to convince anyone of anything. Wilson cautions Christians not to adopt this attitude; but then he warns us that you do not have to be religious to have a fundamentalist mentality.