How is evangelicalism different from fundamentalism?


So much for Pastor Buck's remarks: A compact and well-founded seminar by a representative of the evangelical movement who deals with the question of fundamentalism in a very differentiated way. But there was also a clear statement regarding the demarcation and the willingness to discuss fundamentalists: They are completely incapable of conflict in their black / white thinking. There would be only one conclusion: refusal to dispute.

Conclusion: A very exciting and provocative seminar in the Cinemaxx as part of the Christival 2008 in Bremen. The boundaries between “evangelical” and “fundamentalist” are fluid, but are also perceived as a separation. Movements and mission groups that are oriented towards the plan of salvation and the end of the time can definitely be assigned to one side or the other. At the MMM, some institutions were represented with the message of a divine end-of-day schedule, which, as the speaker was fully aware, had found their place there despite their fundamentalist orientation. In the interest of their beliefs, evangelical movements tend to want to use a common platform with fundamentalist groups and activists (still?). Was the speaker an exception?

An addendum on the subject from EKD Council Chairman Bishop Huber, who is quoted as follows in a Christival press release from May 3, 2008:

I think that [note: the accusation that fundamentalist groups had organized the Christival] is an abbreviated presentation that does not exactly testify to the necessary expertise. To equate evangelical and fundamentalist contradicts my life experience. Just as it is wrong to think of evangelicals about new imports from America. What is called evangelical today is primarily anchored in pietism. Pietism is a regional church movement that we expressly affirm. The approximately 1.4 million evangelical Christians bring great vitality to our church. In addition, these Christians are particularly involved.

For the Evangelical Church Congress 2009 in Bremen, due to the public's awareness of religious beliefs, which was documented in a flood of letters to the editor in the local daily newspapers, increased attention to such questions can be expected.

[1] Representatives of these directions appear in barely manageable nuances on the Internet. End-time theologies can be viewed on relevant evangelical sites such as In order to get an up-to-date overview of terms and definitions, please refer to Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby: Challenge fundamentalism: radical Christians, Muslims and Jews in the fight against modernity, Frankfurt am Main: Campus 1996 should be referenced.

Added on May 23, 2008 | Regine