THE FIVE BASIC DOCTRINES
1. The Trinity:God is one "What" and three "Whos" with each "Who" possessing all the attributes of Deity and personality.
2. The Person of Jesus Christ:Jesus is 100% God and 100% man for all eternity.
3. The Second Coming:Jesus Christ is coming bodily to earth to rule and judge.
4. Salvation:It is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
5. The Scripture:It is entirely inerrant and sufficient for all Christian life.
In an earlier thread I said that I didn?t think that JW?s meet the criteria for fundamentalists based on the fact that they didn?t believe in the trinity nor did they believe in salvation by grace alone. The above list is taken from a fundamentalist website and is their take on what being a fundamentalist is all about.
(Side note: fundamentalism runs back to about the early 1900?s with a revival movement based on these "fundamental doctrines." The website I referenced is extremist, but it gives some history and is, as I said, their definition of themselves.)
I think that looking at the above Witnesses fail all five tests. Clearly they do not believe one and two at all, they do not believe that three involves a physical return to Earth, and Salvation must be earned by works, specifically selling Watchtowers.
Five is a bit trickier, but I think that while they give lip service to the inerrancy of the Bible, it has to be understood in terms of their interpretations. Additionally they do not believe (whether they will admit it or not) that Scripture alone is sufficient for Christian understanding. A Christian must be in contact with the Society and reading its interpretative literature in order to be in full contact with God.
I therefore believe that JW?s are not fundamentalists.