Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christian Fundamentalism: Barely 100 Years Old But With Outsized Impact On American Politics

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To begin, a definition of Christian Fundamentalism from Mount Holyoke:

Current Fundamentalists believe that everyone must choose to be either Fundamentalist or non-Fundamentalist. There is no in between. According to The Fundamentalist Project (see Further Reading) the major characteristics of Fundamentalists are:

  1. Their religion forms their identity, both personal and communal.
  2. There is one and only one truth, and it is theirs.
  3. They are purposefully shocking.
  4. They see themselves as part of a "cosmic struggle".
  5. They interpret historical events as part of their "cosmic struggle".
  6. They try to make any opposition to them look bad and immoral.
  7. They only emphasize some parts of their heritage (in other words, they ignore what it is convenient to ignore).
  8. Their leaders are typically male.
  9. They try to rebel against the current distribution of power.

Here is a second set of Fundamentalist beliefs:

Christian Fundamentalism

Christian Fundamentalism
The American Protestant Movement
Encyclopedia Britannica

Who Were The Fundamentalists?
Christianity Today

U.S. History

The Secret History Of American Religion: Christian Fundamentalism Started As A Capitalist Ad Campaign For Quaker Oats
An Alternative View Of Fundamentalism's Origin
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Fundamentalism: The Other Elephant In The Room

Views of Christianity from outside the Fundamentalist fold:

"Any Religion That Needs Fear To Thrive Is Bad Religion"

"Bad Religion: A Compendium"

It Is Important To Know These Things So Religion Doesn't Do You More Harm Than Good

What Too Many Christians Get Wrong

James' Epistle: "Judgment Without Mercy Will Be Shown To Anyone Who Has Not Shown Mercy"

Jesus: Festive Tippler And Friend Of Whores, Publicans, Tax Collectors And Sundry Sinners

NPR: When Conservative Christians Lose Their Religion, They Turn To White Supremacy

Religion and Perfectionism

"The Politics Of Horror In Conservative Evangelicalism," '09 Outstanding Academic Title"

Pope Francis: The Horror Of Religious Fundamentalism And What's Wrong With Religion

Bad Religion And The Abrahamic Tradition

Pope Innocent III's Albigensian Crusade And Genocide

"Terror And The Other Religions"
How Do Christians Rank As Terrorists
Juan Cole

The Age-Old Normalization Of Warfare Through Stupidity, Ego And Religion

People Want To Be Lied To: The Convergent Horror Of Faithful Falsehood And Aggressive Ignorance

Good Religion And Bad Religion

Bill McKibben "The Christian Paradox: How A Faithful Nation Gets Jesus Wrong"

Compendium Of Best Pax Posts: 
What's Wrong With American Conservatism?

Compendium Of Best Pax Posts On "Too Pure Principles" And The Collapse Of Conservatism

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