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This paper explains that Christian fundamentalism, a reactionary offshoot of Christianity, is characterized by an aggressive extension of ideals, values and degrees of social control linked to a deep imperative to impose these beliefs upon others. Next, the author points out that their core belief of inerrancy, meaning that every word of the Bible is to be taken literally as the word of God, generates the passion and intensity as observed in specific political issues, such as abortion, stem cell research, evolution and same-sex marriage. The paper concludes that, because Christian fundamentalism tends to blur the line between religious individualism and political manipulation, the general public often perceives fundamentalists as a threat to individual liberty.
From the Paper:"This aspect of fundamentalism can be observed today in the close connection between this extreme take on the religion and unified political action relating to the furthering of the religion's causes. Interestingly, many of these causes become those which have been adapted for cultural, political and even economic reasons. The manner in which certain debates in these subjects are framed will often reflect this idea of the Bible's inerrancy. Among the most prominent considerations is that related to the debate over evolution, which poses scientific theory/evidence against the religious imperative to enforce a global perspective that evolution flies in the face of Biblical claims. Particularly, the argument that the Bible reveals the world to be several thousand years old (rather than the several million yielded by scientific evidence) is contradicted by the claims of evolution.
"The result is a twinned effort both to combat the adoption of evolution theories or their teaching in school and, simultaneously, the aggressive espousal of the theories of creationism and intelligent design. These are constructed to compete with evolution and proceed with the perceived approval of biblical record. But what most distinguishes this view as fundamentalism is the effort and certainty of its advocates, which is supplemented by the perspective that others must also be forced to accept this version of events."
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Cite this Analytical Essay:
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