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We are familiar with Christian fundamentalists, especially those that are Filipino. I have called them "biblicistic rationalists" because their "pangangatuwiran" (more or less, the equivalent of "reasoning") is limited to what one can find in the Protestant Bible. I wrote in 2004

In Biblicistic Rationalism, there is no sense of the mystery of God precisely because it claims that everything knowable about God has been written in the Bible. Nor is there any space for mediated “faith” in the sense of a faith that is handed on throughout history. There is only a faith that is defined by and received from an “Interpreter” whose authority is claimed to be “biblical.” [More at the Old Bible Workshop]

Jeffrey Mirus tells us that this very narrow view of reality is tantamount to an ideology and therefore an abandonment of reason itself.

it is not so much that the fundamentalist adheres “strictly” to his sacred text as that he adheres mindlessly to it; and it is not so much that he adheres mindlessly to it as that he thereby pronounces it facile and holds it cheap. He subordinates the whole mystery of creation, its going forth from God and its return to Him, to the unexplored shallowness of his own fixed idea—an idea which amounts, in the end, to little more than a prejudice. The great adventure of truth beckons the fundamentalist and, like the ideologue, he spurns it.

Jeffrey Mirus of Catholic Culture offers us his assessment of fundamentalism, both Christian and Muslim, presenting it as the religious equivalent of ideology. The article is aptly entitled "Fundamentalism and the Abandonment of Reason". Below is an overview of the article.

  • Fundamentalism: Current Definitions and their Limits
  • Fundamentalism: An Assesment
    • the fixed idea and relationship to "ideology"
    • ideological roots of Protestantism and Islam
  • The response to Fundamentalism: Authentic Religion (Commentary on a statement of Archbishop Menamparampil)

It should be noted that the two most popular fundamentalistic groups in the Philippines — Iglesya ni Cristo and Eliseo Soriano’s Ang Dating Daan are actually related as grandmother to grandson. Ang Dating Daan is a group that came from a previous "Iglesya ng Diyos" that separated from Manalo’s Iglesya ni Cristo.

Another group, that of Quiboloy, came from Born Again Evangelicals. This group distinguishes itself from all others by proclaiming Apollo Quiboloy as the Son of God for these last days.

The article of Jeffrey Mirus helps us understand the ideological characteristic of fundamentalism. Read more from Catholic Culture. A related article, this time showing the militant characteristics of both Muslim and Christian fundamentalists is found in the article "Chilling Paralles between Christian and Muslim Fundamentalists" by a Professor Emeritus of the University of Idaho

Originally posted 2011-10-22 17:13:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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