In 1920, Curtis Lee Laws, Baptist editor of the Watchman-Examiner, called "fundamentalists" within the Northern Baptist Convention to a conference in Buggalo, New York. This group of conservatives, popularly called "The Fundamentalist Fellowship" were moderate conservatives. They believed that the modernists were surrendering the "fundamentals" of the gospel: the sinful nature of man, his inability to be saved apart from God’s grace, the centrality of Jesus’ death for the regeneration of the individual and the renewal of society, and the authoritative revelation of the Bible. At the heart of the "modernist-fundamentalist" controversies were the conflicting views of the Bible. The hallmarks of liberal theology (modernism) are (1) the evolutionary philosophy applied to religion, (2) the optimistic view of man centering in his "religious experience" and (3) the moralistic conception of God, who can so readily be "found" by man. The marks of early fundamentalism were (1) a supernatural Jesus attested by his resurrection from the dead, (2) a trustworthy Bible, the fountain of the Christian faith, and (3) the need of men to have "a new face upon life" (whatever that means).
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