The Wonder Wander


Religious Fundamentalists

Filed under: Politics,Religion — Tom Malley @ 2:12 pm

I have a simple view of religious fundamentalism and fundamentalists.

Every religion has writings that form the basis for that religion. If you adhere to the tenets of those writings, then you are a fundamentalist. If you choose not to follow some of these basic tenets, then you are not a fundamentalist.

If the writings of a religion say that followers should live at peace with those around them, then a fundamentalist will try to live at peace. If the writings of a religion say that unbelievers should be executed, then a fundamentalist is obligated to either convert or execute people.

Unfortunately, the term Christian Fundamentalist is often used in the same way as the term Muslim Fundamentalist.



  1. I think you and I have a different opinion on the working definition of fundamentalist. Adherence to the tenets of core religious texts isn’t the entire dictionary definition. To be fundamentalist, you must adhere rigidly, often with intolerance toward opposing views and interpretations of those texts. To put it another way, fundamentalism requires orthodoxy, and an advocacy of narrow, strict interpretations over the symbolic and metaphoric ambiguities in an originating document. Fundamentalism exists in arts, architecture, finance and politics too.

    Comment by Invisible Mikey — 01/09/2014 @ 3:02 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for your comment. I agree that fundamentalism involves orthodoxy. The point I did want to establish here is that if you are a fundamentalist, you adhere to the doctrines in whatever writings you hold sacred. I needed to post this as background for my next post.

      Not all sources include narrow views and intolerance in the definition. I know Christian fundamentalists who tolerate and entertain different views and interpretations. They just don’t agree with them.

      Comment by Tom Malley — 01/10/2014 @ 2:05 pm | Reply

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