By Andy Hale
“There are few things more dangerous than inbred religious certainty.” – Bart Ehrman, God’s Problem
Believe it or not, fundamentalism is just as much on the left as it is on the right. Yes, it can be wrapped in a pretty bow of a righteous cause. However, when you demand for people to believe exactly what you believe, and in the measure that you believe it without an exception or diverging perspective, then it is still fundamentalism. When others are not allowed to come to the table to discuss a new way forward, even if all will not walk away seeing eye-to-eye, it is still fundamentalism.
So how do we bring about social, political and theological transformation in a healthy way? How do we maintain the passion of our cause without mistreating those that have opposing views?
We sat down with Daniel José Camacho to discuss the art of transformation. Camacho is a writer for The Guardian, with his work appearing in Christian Century, Religion Dispatches, Sojourners, Duke Magazine, ABC Religion & Ethics, TIME, The Washington Post and the New York Times.
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Andy Hale leads Church Starts Initiative and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is a CBF church starter who serves as pastor of Mosaic of Clayton in Clayton, N.C. Follow on Twitter @haleandy