Andrew Himes. The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family. Seattle: Chiara, 2011.
Himes (b. 1950), who identifies himself as a follower of Jesus but not as a fundamentalist or evangelical, has a provocative perspective on Mark Driscoll (pp. 13–14):
Mark Driscoll is the prominent pastor of Mars Hill Church in a neighborhood near my home in Seattle. I’ve attended Driscoll‘s church several times to listen to his preaching and get a clear sense of his theology, which is identical in almost every respect with older fundamentalists such as John R. Rice, although he adds a twist of Calvinism . . . .
Driscoll does not claim to be a fundamentalist, and many who today willingly accept the label of fundamentalist would not claim him as their sectarian brother. Nonetheless, Driscoll is a fundamentalist in everything but name, and shares virtually all his doctrinal positions and attitudes with any other fundamentalist.
Driscoll is aware that fundamentalists have developed a bad reputation for being judgmental and self-righteous. He therefore claims not to be one. He defines fundamentalists simply as people who do not like smoking, drinking, and cussing, and then he offers a shallow critique of fundamentalism.
“Fundamentalism is really losing the war,” Driscoll said in an interview with Christianity Today, “and I think it is in part responsible for the rise of what we know as the more liberal end of the emerging church. Because a lot of what is fueling the left end of the emerging church is fatigue with hardcore fundamentalism that throws rocks at culture. But culture is the house that people live in, and it just seems really mean to keep throwing rocks at somebody’s house.”
Driscoll’s attempt to avoid the label of fundamentalism by suggesting the movement is only about “culture”—disapproval of cigars, pop music, and Hollywood picture shows—is the shallowest possible definition of fundamentalism. However, it seems to attract many who are uncomfortable with the cultural straitjacket of fundamentalism but open to Driscoll‘s fundamentalist interpretation of God and the Bible.