Fifty Shades of Fundamentalism: Introduction

There are many different groups of Christians and streams of thought and practice within Christianity. One of the most problematic is Fundamentalist Christianity (hereafter referred to simply as Fundamentalism).

Fundamentalism has also recently been at the heart of a global fiasco.  Pastor Terry Jones, a Christian Fundamentalist, has twice incited violence against the United States.  First, he staged a Koran-burning.  Second, and most recently, he supported a anti-Muslim video that has resulted in international tension and contributed to the death of our ambassador and other Americans in Libya.

This has left many asking what is Fundamentalism, what makes it tick and why are its members so…well problematic at times?

Considering the fact that I used to be a Fundamentalist and probably still am in ways I do not understand or acknowledge, to help both Christians and non-Christians understand and reflect on this sect of Christianity, I am going to explore Fundamentalism in a number of posts.

I hope to explain what Fundamentalism is, explain why Fundamentalism is problematic, describe who is a Fundamentalist, before finally exploring a recent post by a Christian Fundamentalist to show how it all hangs together.

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I am figuring out life and faith and taking other people along with me on my journey. Sometimes as fellow travelers, sometimes as hostages.
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