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Fundamentalism is the strict adherence to what is claimed to be the original vision or core principles of a religion. Fundamentalism typically emerges as a powerful political movement because indviduals respond to wrenching social change by seeking certainties in religion that they cannot find in the material world.

Fundamentalism fuels fundamentalism, and the best way for radicals to sideline moderates and become mainstream is to feed on radical archrivals. Islamist fundamentalists needed a surge of Christian fundamentalism to crush their main targets, moderate muslims, the same way as George W. Bush used "islamo-fascism" to help Christian fundamentalism spreading across the USA.

Fundamentalism sometimes feeds on itself. Christian fundamentalists proseletize and preach energetically because they genuinely believe that the "unsaved" are at risk of Hell. Fundamentalists of other religions are likely to use whatever supernatural benefits they believe come from their fundamentalism to keep the faithful on their side and to attract converts.


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This page was last modified 20:10, 10 February 2009 by roger. Based on work by Stephane MOT, Chad Lupkes and Bill McArthur and dKosopedia user(s) Proxima Centauri, WarrenCohen, Brackkle45, BartFraden and Peeder. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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