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LisaLynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-04-04 07:25 PM
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29. Some people tend to fear ambiguity ...
I think fundamentalism offers them something unchanging and solid. They can't deal with the differing opinions and the mysteries of the world. Let's face it, none of us can know everything and there's always more to learn, which does tend to open one to other perspectives and ideas, which then must be considered against pre-existing beliefs. It's hard work and depending upon how serious the topic is, pretty disconcerting. For a lot of people, it's easier and more comfortable to just retreat into fundamentalism.
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  -What makes people turn into fundamentalists? babyreblin  Oct-04-04 05:56 PM   #0 
  - Fear. eom.  lightbulb   Oct-04-04 05:57 PM   #1 
  - 2nd that - it's fear along with the Jesus "brand"  SalParadise   Oct-04-04 06:24 PM   #16 
     - Here's another great quote I heard on cultism in Christianity-  JohnOneillsMemory   Oct-04-04 09:15 PM   #53 
     - that is so true, it's a holy-roller mafia, that one.  jdjkkse   Oct-05-04 12:57 AM   #64 
  - a little education n/t  gottaB   Oct-04-04 05:58 PM   #2 
  - unwillingness to take responsibility for their actions  SemperEadem   Oct-04-04 05:59 PM   #3 
  - Indeed - ever see the movie Hell House?  lightbulb   Oct-04-04 06:45 PM   #19 
  - toilet training  LiberalEsto   Oct-04-04 06:01 PM   #4 
  - in my brother's case, i gave him a hit of LSD  mopaul   Oct-04-04 06:01 PM   #5 
  - Holy shit, that's weird...  transistor97   Oct-05-04 08:41 AM   #75 
  - Lack of critical thinking skills.  K-W   Oct-04-04 06:03 PM   #6 
  - Lack of education is a big part of it.  murielm99   Oct-04-04 06:23 PM   #15 
  - it's the fundamental wiring of the primate brain  leftofthedial   Oct-04-04 06:04 PM   #7 
  - fundies are to xtianity as 5%ers are to Islam,  mandyky   Oct-04-04 06:05 PM   #8 
  - From people I know, I'd say that some of them grew up in  Lydia Leftcoast   Oct-04-04 06:08 PM   #9 
  - there's a lot to what you write  barb1622000   Oct-04-04 08:16 PM   #44 
     - That's been my experience  knitter4democracy   Oct-05-04 08:34 AM   #73 
  - If you look at the DU listing of topics just now the posting just under  KlatooBNikto   Oct-04-04 06:10 PM   #10 
  - I've only known one close enough to answer you.  napi21   Oct-04-04 06:10 PM   #11 
  - I'm a fundamentalist, but I DO NOT believe in mixing religion and politics  patricia92243   Oct-04-04 06:15 PM   #12 
  - But that is not a consistant view.  K-W   Oct-04-04 06:22 PM   #14 
  - Fundamentalism  atreides1   Oct-04-04 06:32 PM   #17 
     - Yah fundementlism is defined by the exclusion of anything else.  K-W   Oct-04-04 06:34 PM   #18 
     - Thank you for the invitation not to come here. I decine.  patricia92243   Oct-04-04 06:50 PM   #21 
     - All I said  atreides1   Oct-04-04 06:58 PM   #24 
     - Aok with me!  salin   Oct-04-04 09:26 PM   #54 
     - You have no right to tell someone s/he isn't at the right site.  DemBones DemBones   Oct-04-04 08:04 PM   #37 
  - fear, yeah - but.  ulysses   Oct-04-04 06:20 PM   #13 
  - Why would your friend become intellectually lazy?  babyreblin   Oct-04-04 06:58 PM   #25 
     - no, I meant that she's among  ulysses   Oct-04-04 07:10 PM   #28 
        - I didn't think you were suggesting that at all.  babyreblin   Oct-04-04 07:27 PM   #31 
  - Brain cleansing  kwolf68   Oct-04-04 06:49 PM   #20 
  - Fear, guilt, or nitrates added to food  slackmaster   Oct-04-04 06:51 PM   #22 
  - I won't repeat, but from that other discussion...  sweetheart   Oct-04-04 06:55 PM   #23 
  - Fundamentalists for the opposing point of view.  HypnoToad   Oct-04-04 07:02 PM   #26 
  - Laziness.  NeoConsSuck   Oct-04-04 07:08 PM   #27 
  - Some people tend to fear ambiguity ...  LisaLynne   Oct-04-04 07:25 PM   #29 
  - Inability to cope with the Modern world  Lexingtonian   Oct-04-04 07:26 PM   #30 
  - For me it was a broken back  Ezlivin   Oct-04-04 07:29 PM   #32 
  - well I would like to hear it if you feel able to talk about it  barb1622000   Oct-04-04 08:11 PM   #41 
  - There's a good book on this topic...  transistor97   Oct-05-04 08:50 AM   #78 
  - There was a moment when I almost went back to fundyism.  Ladyhawk   Oct-04-04 10:03 PM   #59 
  - Drug/Alcohol abuse ... I have yet to meet a fundamentalist  Iceburg   Oct-04-04 07:50 PM   #33 
  - I'll second that, most that I know hit rock bottom from drugs or booze.  doc03   Oct-04-04 08:09 PM   #39 
     - And if the addiction hits them early ...  Iceburg   Oct-04-04 08:39 PM   #47 
  - As for me, it was reflection, thought, observation and study  LanternWaste   Oct-04-04 07:55 PM   #34 
  - What are the five fundamental truths you refer to?  DemBones DemBones   Oct-04-04 08:16 PM   #43 
  - Pretty good, Bones.  LanternWaste   Oct-04-04 08:26 PM   #46 
     - Well, it figures that I left out Biblical inerrancy,  DemBones DemBones   Oct-05-04 12:48 AM   #62 
        - "Mother of God"  Lydia Leftcoast   Oct-05-04 01:09 AM   #66 
           - But if God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit  DemBones DemBones   Oct-05-04 03:00 AM   #70 
  - When I refer to someone as a fundy wingnut,  murielm99   Oct-05-04 06:59 AM   #71 
  - Fear of uncertainty. Fear of having to live without answers. Fear of  Kimber Scott   Oct-04-04 07:57 PM   #35 
  - Yes. Fear of uncertainty.  Tigerlily   Oct-04-04 08:06 PM   #38 
  - My guess...  Tigerlily   Oct-04-04 08:04 PM   #36 
  - I vote fear n/t  LeinesRed   Oct-04-04 08:11 PM   #40 
  - Define  The Straight Story   Oct-04-04 08:12 PM   #42 
  - Not all operating with the same definition creates problems.  DemBones DemBones   Oct-04-04 08:19 PM   #45 
     - That is what I am trying to grasp  The Straight Story   Oct-04-04 08:48 PM   #48 
        - Fundies are people who put dogma before anything else.  Ladyhawk   Oct-04-04 10:08 PM   #60 
  - Are we talking the "Jesus loves me" or the obsessive "brood on God" type?  JVS   Oct-04-04 08:56 PM   #49 
  - Fear and waning personal belief.  Zynx   Oct-04-04 08:59 PM   #50 
  - I think that, typically, something happens in their lives to  DemBones DemBones   Oct-04-04 08:59 PM   #51 
  - Most religious people  Liberal Gramma   Oct-04-04 09:13 PM   #52 
  - There's a cultural aspect too  Astarho   Oct-04-04 09:30 PM   #55 
  - Fear and loathing  mitchum   Oct-04-04 09:32 PM   #56 
  - They've been bitten on the neck by another fundie.  Ilsa   Oct-04-04 09:36 PM   #57 
  - Fundies breeding with other fundies.  Ladyhawk   Oct-04-04 09:53 PM   #58 
  - You know, not all fundies are poorly educated jackass rednecks  nemo137   Oct-05-04 12:44 AM   #61 
  - It's sad that so many seem to pigeonhole them that way.  DemBones DemBones   Oct-05-04 12:55 AM   #63 
  - That's so true.  bushwentawol   Oct-05-04 01:08 AM   #65 
  - Susceptibility to BS and Deception  opihimoimoi   Oct-05-04 02:09 AM   #67 
  - Hate, ujustified ego and superiority complex, need to be told what to do,  TankLV   Oct-05-04 02:15 AM   #68 
  - an inability to handle the truth...  flaminbats   Oct-05-04 02:44 AM   #69 
  - 'whoever tells you otherwise must be the devil trying to trick you'  makeMyDaze   Oct-05-04 07:14 AM   #72 
  - Drugs.  Ripley   Oct-05-04 08:40 AM   #74 
  - Brain death and laziness  molly   Oct-05-04 08:42 AM   #76 
  - Fear and uncertainties  deutsey   Oct-05-04 08:48 AM   #77 

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