Fundamentalism, Mythos, and World Religions

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SUNY Press, 1993 - Religion - 186 pages
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Fundamentalism is widely feared and its influence is growing in many of the major world faiths. Arising in reaction against modernism, fundamentalism affirms a pre-Enlightenment paradigm in a post-Enlightenment era. The author supports a prediction that fundamentalists will continue to have power in a variety of religions. But their characteristic ahistorical, absolutistic, view will limit their outreach.
 

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Contents

The Problematic
1
American Fundamentalism
16
Mythos in the History of Religion
32
The American Paradigm
45
The Case for Mythos
57
Jewish Fundamentalism
70
Muslim Fundamentalism
87
Hindu Fundamentalism
103
Sikh Fundamentalism
119
Buddhist Fundamentalism
133
Conclusion
146
THE PROBLEMATIC
159
Index
179
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Niels C. Nielsen, Jr., is J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University.

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