07 Dec '05 16:19 :: 0 recommendations
Originally posted by ivanhoe
Sas: " Ivanhoe, while we've gone back and forth, doesn't strike me as particularly intolerant of others."
I have always wondered what the term "fundamentalist" stands for.
What does it stand for in case it is applied to Christians?
What does it mean in case it is applied to Muslems ?
What does it mean if it is applied to Hindus ?
...[text shortened]... ar fundamentalists as well roaming the RHP forums and waving their flags in an unmistakable way.
Fundamentalists, to me, believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible.
There are good fundamentalists - the majority of them, in fact. Then there are bad fundamentalists. I think to me the difference is, do you go to church on Sundays, pretending you have some special kind of insight that nobody else has, then run around the other six days of the week, talking about your neighbors behind their back, deciding whether they're going to heaven or hell, and judging other peoples' actions? Is your message positive or negative? Do you believe that war in the Middle East is a good thing, because it signals the real start of the End Times? Do you secretly wish for nuclear war so that Christ's reign on earth can begin? Do you have a positive or negative view of mankind? (I mean, God created us, didn't He? So if you view man negatively, then aren't you viewing one of God's creations negatively?)
I'm not familiar enough with Hinduism to speak intelligently on it, so I won't go there. I will note, though, that the separation between the Fundamentalist Christians I believe are dangerous (and also comprise a very small but very vocal and active portion of Christian fundamentalism) bear more than a passing resemblance to fundamentalist Muslims.