Perhaps Search for Truth needs a central, easy-to-find page containing fundamentally crucial explanations, descriptions, notes, etc. to assist readers to better understand the content. Here’s the current (early) version.

Page contents

  • Definitions
  • Standards
  • Issues
  • Reader questions, comments

Definitions

Here’s what we mean when we use terms such as fundamentalism, fideism, etc.

Fundamentalist, fundamentalism

Religious fundamentalists include those who either…
1. Interpret the Bible literally, and/or
2. Believe that every other belief system is wrong, since only their religion is right & correct; e.g., that there is only one true religion, and it is their religion (To which we respond, Wow… What a coincidence!)

Political fundamentalists have a strong belief that their political party is the proper or correct political party; such views are often related to religion. One doesn’t often hear the phrase political fundamentalism; partisanship is the popular word for it. In taking a moment to consider the fundamental nature of partisanship, one will find that partisanship amounts to political fundamentalism. We frame it that way simply to illustrate that partisanship, particularly when carried to extremes, is another harmful form of fundamentalism.

When political fundamentalism is more extreme, we often refer to it as hyper-partisanship. Unfortunately, most politicians vote in partisan ways at least some of the time; however, politicians who always toe the party line are the equivalent of the most divisive religious fundamentalists, doing more harm than good to the system, to those around them, and to all the affected persons.

Fideist, fideism

Fideism is the belief that generally recognized truth-telling or reality-indicating tools such as science, reason, logic, experience, philosophy, etc. are enemies of genuine religious faith.

"Toe the line"

A popular idiom, to toe the line means to do what you are ordered or expected to do; to conform to a rule or standard

Example/ used in sentence: They promised to toe the party line and vote with the leadership.

Standards

Search for Truth posts (or articles) are not always as complete and detailed as we’d like them to be; however, the posts we’ve done right will be very well-written, almost always concluding with a Resources section of related links and references (at the bottom of the post).

Notes are located near the end of posts, just before the Resources section. Notes, or footnotes, are generally used to further describe certain words[1] or phrases[2] within the content of the post. They can be thought of as numbered asterisks*.
[1] Words: Single words (Example note 1)
[2] Phrases: Two or more words used together (Example note 2)
* Notes are bit like “numbered asterisks”

Issues

Usage of the term fundamentalist, fundamentalism
We’ve recently learned that some people may consider the term fundamentalist to be negative, derogatory, or insulting. Please believe us when we say, we’re not intentionally insulting anyone.

If the term fundamentalist turns out to be highly offensive to large numbers of potential readers, then we’d consider using other terminology. The alternate terms would have to mean the same thing, of course, so more generic characterizations such as Christians would not suffice because the word Christian can be correctly used to describe a fairly wide range of beliefs, many of which are less rigid and more tolerant than Christian fundamentalism.

Reader questions, comments

Readers who have questions or comments are encouraged to use a comment form. For general comments and inquiries, please use the comment form below. If your question or comment is related to material covered in our posts/articles, use the comment form at the bottom of the most relevant or appropriate article; that way, your contributions will be located in a logical place, adding to the conversation, and it will also be available for others to comment upon (unless privacy is appropriate for whatever reason).

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Possible future contents

  • Naming conventions
  • Timeline/history/evolution of belief, research, etc. (perhaps)

While writing today, I expressed wonder and concern re: the potential offensiveness of the term fundamentalist to Christian readers.

Negativity: On our usage of the term fundamentalist, fundamentalism, etc.

This page was started on June 27, 2012.