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  •  JG, your definition of Fundamentalism is arcane... (0+ / 0-)

    Moreover, you are seeking to eliminate vernacular use of the term "Fundamentalist" as it is commonly applied in everyday usage.

    You insist that an "Orthodox Christian" cannot be deemed a Fundamentalist until s/he completely adopts "the whole of the Fundamentalist worldview and all the tenets of Fundamentalist epistemology, theology, and cultural thought". So, evidently, you have an agenda to restrict the use of the term to only the most extremist subset of textbook Fundamentalists  -- which conveniently allows the vast majority of right-wing Christian ideologues to forgo the  discomfort of being characterized as Fundamentalists.

    Fortunately, you don't get to dictate the terms of this debate. When politicians (including President Obama) publicly espouse the previously cited "Five Fundamentals" of Christian Fundamentalism, there are those of us who find it justifiable to use the vernacular and say 'there goes a Fundamentalist'. All the more so when religious doctrine is used as a cudgel to beat down legislation that would expand social/economic/political liberty and justice for all of "god's children". If you go out of your way to defend politically-opportunistic fundamentalism, don't be surprised when you're called out for being a fundamentalist sympathizer.

    BTW, in your profile, the first word you use to describe yourself is "ideologue", which suggests that you have no qualms about being uncompromising and dogmatic. Discussing the subject of religion with a self-professed ideologue has become exceedingly tedious to me. Peace out.

    Thomas Paine: All the tales of miracles, with which the Old and New Testament are filled, are fit only for impostors to preach and fools to believe.

    by PreciousLittle on Sat Apr 07, 2012 at 11:35:01 PM PDT

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