Axioms of Fundamentalism

In this edition of FBFI Pulpit, we are featuring a message preached by David Innes in 2000, Axioms of Fundamentalism. Dr. Innes preached a series of messages that year called “What Is A Fundamentalist?” The questions is a perennial one. Some suggest it is impossible to answer. Those who are fundamentalists don’t find the question so mysterious.

In this message, Dr. Innes lays some groundwork, providing key definitions and a list of axioms as he begins to describe a fundamentalist. An axiom is “a self-evident truth that requires no proof” or “a universally accepted principle or rule.”[1] The axioms of fundamentalism are those self-evident presuppositions that drive fundamentalist thought and action.

We are including a pdf copy of some notes from the message. We hope you find it profitable. You can access the sermon here.

  1. axiom. Unabridged. Random House, Inc. (accessed: August 3, 2017). []


  1. Tyler Robbins on August 3, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Read the axioms. Any conservative evangelical could affirm them. Vague.

    • dcsj on August 3, 2017 at 11:54 pm

      That’s why you need to listen to the message, Tyler. Any list of principles like this will be generalizations. To understand Dr. Innes’ use of them, you’ll have to listen to the message. I encourage you to do so.

      Also, it might be helpful to listen with a willingness to learn, rather than a desire to judge.

      Your friend,
      Don Johnson.