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  •  the study also sheds quite a bit of light on why (2+ / 0-)
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    fundies and evangelicals are attracted to this brand of conservatism.

    Anyone who has spent any significant amount of time with fundies knows how much of their "faith" is rooted in having a "solid rock" in a turbulent universe.  

    I went to a fundie private school for 8 years in addition to services/youth meetings 3-8 times a week for 17 years.  I cannot emphasize how HUGE fear of "the other" or being outside "god's grace" is as a motivator.  My mom's church was one of the rare ones that leaned more toward the redemption and forgiveness of "god's grace" but, believe me, they were just as capable of the hellfire and brimstone rhetoric stereotype.

    The school i went to often (usually) went the fear route when trying to guide our moral development.


    There is a hugely addictive adrenaline rush that comes from being afraid but not actually having the feared things happen.  A corollary to this is when the huge number of fearful things don't happen, if you're religious it reinforces the idea of a patriarchal god the father keeping his flock safe.

    Sara Robinson has two amazing, interlocked series Cracks in the Wall and Tunnels and Bridges.  Primarily, they delve into authoritarian/authoritarianism susceptible personalities, but i just cannot recommend them enough to help understand where fundies/evangelicals are coming from.

    If you have a loved one who's a fundie/evangelical but starting to "look beyond", Sara's series are a good start.

    my mom never breast fed me. she said she only liked me as a friend.

    by bnasley on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 09:47:08 PM PDT

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