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Religious fundamentalism: Aspects of a comparative framework of understanding

J S Krüger

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 27, No 3 (2006), 886-908. doi: 10.4102/ve.v27i3.192

Submitted: 30 September 2006
Published:  30 September 2006

Abstract

The article presents the outline of a comparative framework for the understanding of religious fundamentalism. The argument is developed around the interrelated aspects of macro-historical religious context, socio-religious context, and the context of religious tradition as a primary dimension of religion. In those overlapping contexts, the possibility of fundamentalism is explained with refe-rence to pre-disposing, precipitating and perpetuating conditions. In terms of the dimension of religious tradition, fundamentalism is expounded in terms of the following three aspects: education, inter-pretation and identity-definition. Fundamentalism emerges as an awkward mix (not a creative synthesis) of traditional and modernist elements in the present breach - with its peculiar characteristics, crises and threats - between epochs. 

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J S Krüger, University of South Africa, South Africa

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