Why today’s Christian fundamentalists dislike these five Bible passages

Monday, August 5, 2013

Five Biblical Concepts Fundamentalists Just Don’t Understand
“I worry that Christianity and religion in general is represented by its most conservative fundamentalist elements,” writes Sean McElwee in this article for AlterNet. Can you guess the five concepts he says “right-wing evangelical fundamentalists” have difficulty accepting so try to explain away— in spite of claiming to “go back to the roots of Christianity”?  He lists five topics, quotes a Bible passage related to each, and then tells why politically ideological right-wing Christians deny the meaning of each passage because they reject its principles. On the topic of gender roles, for example, he writes: “Fundamentalists want to keep women submissive and subservient, but Jesus won’t let them.”  Be sure to check out all five topics McElwee discusses.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.