Had the honor of guest posting on a friend’s blog on Patheos. You can link it here.
As a religion scholar and now a philosophy student I have given some serious consideration to what ‘fundamentalism’ actually means. If the term is to be useful at all, it cannot be merely an insult; it must have a technical meaning, or at least a describable family resemblance. So this, in brief, is how I have come to understand the term. ‘Fundamentalism’ is any post- enlightenment (modern or post-modern) approach to religion with the following three key points of family resemblance: Fundamentalists (1) despise tradition and are therefore (2) extremely narrow in their interpretation (avoiding the tension and paradox so common to the truth); finally (3) they reject the supernatural. Though these attributes are interrelated, it is the third point which I want to address most fully. – See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jenniferfitz/2016/01/hashtags-prayers-and-progressive-fundamentalists-a-lesson-from-sister-simone/#sthash.mqugOY1h.dpuf