Fundamentalism: Word of the Week

A strict adherence to specific theological doctrines typically in reaction against the theology and movement of Modernism.  The orgin of fundamentalism dates back to the 1920's.  In the 20's there was conflict over the issues of theology and the role of the church in light of pressure from modernism.  
Today, fundamentalism is commonly used as a pejorative term.  It commonly is a term that is used to belittle church bodies and organizations that have legalistic tendencies.