Believing that religious liberalism ventured too far in one direction by abandoning biblical foundations and that "hyperorthodoxy
" (his term for fundamentalism) went too far in the other direction by enclosing itself in biblical literalism, "we defend a position which asserts that a positive relationship must exist between science and Christianity." (35) In other words, evangelicals could side neither with the hyperorthodox, who rejected science, nor with the religious liberals, who rejected core tenets of the Bible.
Even when it lacks the recognized validity of orthodoxy, the mobile element in doctrine "can yet be Christian truth that has not yet developed to the level that can be recognized generally as such." (28) Indeed, Drey pointed out that truthful tradition can be misrepresented through the error of "hyperorthodoxy
," which "finally denies any mobility" to doctrine.
During the 1950s the so-called neoevangelicals associated with Christianity Today and the American Scientific Affiliation also discovered Green and the utility of his unimpeachable orthodoxy in their fight against fundamentalist "hyperorthodoxy
." The Baptist theologian and philosopher Bernard Ramm, a self-styled progressive creationist, led the charge in 1954 with the publication of his landmark Christian View of Science and Scripture.
they can be incomplete, but not false, although doctrinal development can be impeded by the inertia of "hyperorthodoxy