Fundamentalism

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The five fundamentals:[1]

  • Biblical literalism: The inspiration of the Bible by the Holy Spirit and the inerrancy of Scripture as a result of this.
  • The virgin birth of Christ.
  • The belief that Christ's death was the atonement for sin.
  • The bodily resurrection of Christ.
  • The historical reality of Christ's miracles.

Catholics agree dogmatically on three of the five fundamentals (Virgin birth, Atonement, Resurrection). The Church is not dogmatically committed to belief that every single one of the miracles recounted in the New Testament occurred exactly as narrated. Our faith rests on the miracle of the Resurrection; that makes all of the other miracles attributed to Jesus plausible in principle but it does not elevate the scriptural narratives to the level of dogma.