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Fundamentals

12 August, 2007

I’m reading Karen Armstrong’s ‘The Battle for God’. Here’s a taste: 

“One of the most startling developments of the late twentieth century has been the emergence within every major religious tradition of a militant piety popularly known as “fundamentalism.” Its manifestations are sometimes shocking. Fundamentalists have gunned down worshippers in a mosque, have killed doctors and nurses who work in abortion clinics, have shot their presidents, and have even toppled a powerful government. It is only a small minority of fundamentalists who commit such acts of terror, but even the most peaceful and law-abiding are perplexing, because they seem so adamantly opposed to many of the most positive values of modern society.

“Fundamentalists have no time for democracy, pluralism, religious toleration, peacekeeping, free speech, or the separation of church and state. Christian fundamentalists reject the discoveries of biology and physics about the origins of life and insist that the Book of Genesis is scientifically sound in every detail. At a time when many are throwing off the shackles of the past, Jewish fundamentalists observe their revealed Law more stringently than ever before, and Muslim women, repudiating the freedoms of Western women, shroud themselves in veils and chadors. Muslim and Jewish fundamentalists both interpret the Arab-Israeli conflict, which began as defiantly secularist, in an exclusively religious way.

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“There have always been people, in every age and in each tradition, who have fought the modernity of their day. But the fundamentalism (of the) twentieth-century … is a reaction against the scientific and secular culture that first appeared in the West, which has since taken root in other parts of the world. The West has developed an entirely unprecedented and wholly different type of civilization, so the religious response to it has been unique. The fundamentalist movements that have evolved in our own day have a symbiotic relationship with modernity. They may reject the scientific rationalism of the West, but they cannot escape it. Western civilization has changed the world.

“Nothing–including religion–can ever be the same again.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 12 August, 2007 6:17 pm

    She says fundamentals, but who are really fundametalists?

    I believe that when you oppose and practice which opposes the Christian Holy Bible, you are one of the fundamentalists or anti-christs.

    Religion is manifested in the Church of God, and following the commandments in the Church of God makes you a member of it even thought the Apostle Paul rested already together with the old Christians.

    She manifests idiotic claim that: “Nothing–including religion–can ever be the same again.” She’s completely unaware of the passages in the bible because even that quotation would lead to disregarding the Word of God. God promised salvation and it is tantamount to there is still pure and undefiled religion.

    see: http://.www.esoriano.wordpress.com

  2. 1 December, 2007 10:57 pm

    But:
    – Relying on the Bible for advice doesn’t make sense because it is a series of books written by fallible human beings over many centuries.
    – there are many religions, many churches, and many beliefs about God. We may never know what she is like, or know if she is a being that exists.

  3. 28 March, 2008 10:27 pm

    Maybe, you are talking about fanatic – Christian pretenders. They are Christians in title but not in deeds. Deeds and faith go together. These two are recognized in the teaching, so, it is important that you refer to the teachings where those deeds and faiths originated.

    The Holy Bible gives the ultimate information of how a Christian should behave – everything about Christians. So, if those evil-deeds exhibited by the “Christians” you mentioned are observed, you will realize that they are way too different fron the values and attitude of the Chrisians from the Holy Bible. Maybe, you are referring really to fundamentalist, those who have founded their belief on a different gospel – that leads to fanaticism.

    Better try to research more and you might find Christians in these modern era that correctly dividing the word of truth as read to them by Bro Eli Soriano from the Holy Bible with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Afterwich, maybe you can try again reading and writing your comments in your post.

    Visit: http://www.esoriano.wordpress.com

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