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  1. Sabio Lantz says:

    It all depends on how you define the “fundamentalist”. And leaders of fundie groups have a different profile than the sheep that follow it.

    Among followers: paranoid (apocalyptic thinking), rage (needing a righteous coating), leader-hungry (socially lost), certainty-hungry (psychologically vulnerable), fear-laden (insecure or abused), or just out-right brainwashed are primary mental settings. “Belief” is just a bonding rhetorical tool .

    Fundie leaders, on the other hand, come in much more perverse flavors.

  2. Dave Wyble says:

    The more I have rolled “fundamentalist” around my head I usually come up with the same definition (your mileage may vary): a fundamentalist can boil their beliefs down to a set of absolute non-negotiable facts and concepts. This is not too far from what I just found on “strict adherence to any set of basic ideas or principles.”

    By this definition, I think we are all fundamentalist. I’ll go out on a limb here and suggest that many of the TLS folks would agree that there is no such short list of non-negotiable beliefs. Yet that in itself is in fact a non-negotiable belief for many!

    Mostly I jest. My assertion is akin to “not tolerating those who are intolerant is not in itself intolerance.” Which is usually stated immediately before you hear a fundamentalist cry “stop persecuting me!”