People are of varying opinions on whether real differences exist between being a fundamentalist and being a catholic. Questions have been asked on several online answer sites, in relation to this issue. Some people have taken this matter to web-based church forums. It is common to see heated debates on social media about this topic. It is easy to compare and contrast Catholicism and fundamentalism. At the outset, these are separate school of thoughts each with different goals, agendas, and beliefs. As much as differences do exist, there is still more than one point of convergence. There seem to be some similarities.
History is a major differentiating factor when it comes to these Christian ideologies. Catholic church has been around for more than fifteen centuries. On the other hand, the word fundamental was first heard, one century ago. Catholics like to trace their history right at the doorstep of the Church Of The First Apostles. Catholic scholars say that Catholicism begins with the teachings of Christ. Fundamentalism went mainstream in the early years of 20th century. As the 19th century came to a close, there were signs of a growing fundamentalist congregation.
The major denomination in the world is Catholic. It has a following in all the major continents of the world. Fundamentalist flock does in any way constitute a denomination. The best word that describes it is a movement within the wider Protestant church. This movement was formed by American and British protestants who rejected the ideals of theological liberalism and cultural modernism that had started to take root in the Protestant church. There are a good number of churches in the world that can be labeled as fundamentalist.
In reality, Catholicism started in Europe. Presently, the Holy See otherwise called Vatican is the global center of Catholic Church. The European roots of this denomination are quite evident. On the contrary, it is clear that fundamentalism is largely an American idea. A team made up of American scholars, business people, pastors, and theologians drafted the fundamentalist doctrine. This doctrine was named, “The Fundamentals.” It was a series of apologetics, polemics, and essays that addressed the various issues related to fundamental agenda.
Similarities can be drawn between Catholics and fundamentals. All of them seem to have conservative inclinations. In some quarters, they are called right wings. Individuals of both of these divides are in agreement with traditional ideologies and they seem to reject most if not all secularist and liberal ideals. Lines of similarity are also drawn on the issue of Virgin Birth and Resurrection of Jesus on the third day. The hope of people from both camps is eternal life and the ultimate return of the Messiah at a date that is only known to God. Both doctrines are grounded on the sinless nature of Jesus Christ. The fact that He was born without sin and died without blame.
This topic has perplexed scholars from different parts of the world. Many churchgoers usually research this religious topic. There are books that offer some answers. The easiest and cheapest way to get valuable perspectives is by reading free articles published online. Catholicism is not a new idea. Actually, it has seen many milestones. Also, fundamentalism is not that new. It has been around for about one century.