Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I've discovered what the definition of Fundamentalism is.

It has nothing to do with scriptural innerancy or literalism, idealizing the status quo, or nostalgia for a possibly-imagined past.

The true definition of Fundamentalism is:
“If you're absolutely certain that you're making the proper decision, and what you're doing is the right thing to do — it doesn't matter if you hurt people in the process. You don't even owe them an apology.”


Anonymous Garnel Ironheart said...

The question then is: Is fundamentalism good or bad? After all, sometimes you have to hurt people to help them (think surgery, for example, or raising interest rates to control inflation so people don't lose all their money).

10/13/2008 9:21 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Fundamentalism is bad, because it denies human suffering. The point isn't that sometimes you have to do things that hurt people — the point is that it still needs to matter, and the people you hurt deserve an apology.

10/13/2008 9:24 AM  
Anonymous sister miryam said...

I wanna know where that quote is from

10/16/2008 9:11 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

i emailed you

10/16/2008 9:19 AM  
Blogger sweetawreet said...

I'd also like to know the quote's source. Is there a reason you're not posting it on your blog?

10/17/2008 1:26 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...


It was a private conversation with a rabbi of a community, and i didn't ask if i could publicize it. Especially since i'm demonizing the sentiment.

10/17/2008 1:39 PM  
Blogger Larry Lennhoff said...

I'd be more inclined to call this yuhara than fundamentalism.

10/19/2008 9:17 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...


i've never thought of yuhara as something that can hurt other people... just their perception of the one doing the yuhara.

10/19/2008 9:59 AM  
Blogger B.BarNavi said...

I thought "Fundamentalism" referred specifically to the American Christian movement in the late 19th century that rejected modernism and embraced a "return to fundamentals".

(Hey, if we're going to be semantic-hogs here...)

10/24/2008 4:09 PM  

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