Theorethical Problems

  • Religious Fundamentalism: Theorethical Problems

    Author: Maria Marczewska–Rytko
    Institution: Marie Curie-Skłodowska University of Lublin (Poland)
    Year of publication: 2007
    Source: Show
    Pages: 215-223
    DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2007014
    PDF: ppsy/36/ppsy2007014.pdf

    The following article will attempt to present characteristics of religious fundamentalism. The task requires addressing terminological and methodological issues, which seem to constitute the weakest link in the overall research of the phenomenon. Even a cursory analysis of the available data points to the fact, that comparative studies are in minority, while an overwhelming majority of all research focuses on particular instances of fundamentalism, most commonly within one speci€c religion. ree preliminary observations can be made. Firstly, usually the case is that of either methodological maximalism or minimalism. The work edited by Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby Fundamentalisms Observed, signi€cant as it was, can serve as a valid example of maximalist approach. The phenomenon discussed therein is viewed in the broad perspective, thus it becomes almost synonymous to traditionalism, nationalism, orthodoxy or communalism.

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