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By Julie Scott Jones

Being the selected explores Christian fundamentalism within the united states, focusing really at the trust method of Protestant fundamentalists. It establishes the most important features of the Protestant worldview, investigating the levels to which those are adhered to among varied teams and the way such trust structures are developed and bolstered via way of life. through providing wealthy empirical fabric, Being the selected sheds gentle at the demeanour within which the Protestant fundamentalist worldview shapes and constructs the ideals and activities of its adherents, delivering them with organization and reinforcement within the face of oppositional forces. As such, it is going to curiosity not just sociologists, but additionally students of faith and the tradition and society of america.

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A Protestant Empire? The Pilgrim Fathers, sailing on the ‘Mayflower’, and landing at Plymouth Rock in 1620, served as a Protestant nation-founding myth that placed White Protestants at the very birth of the nation. In a sense, this event, that became increasingly mythologised, served to reinforce the view that White Protestants were the ‘true’ Americans, who were there from the start. Even after Independence, White Protestants dominated the new republic in terms of demographics, and more importantly political power.

Chapter 8 discusses such campaigns further. In the Middle East, Islamic fundamentalists ‘fight for’ socio-political issues, such as restricting foreign influence, regime change, the establishment of an Islamic state, or the assertion of national, ethnic or religious identities. 4. A sense of fighting with: Fundamentalists are communalistic in nature and therefore have a community to ‘fight with’. This community is viewed as a community of ‘true believers’; a belief that gives them a strong shared identity.

Marty and Appleby’s (1991, ix–x) five key ‘family resemblances’ are as follows: 1. A sense of fighting back: Fundamentalists are not retreatist, they see it as their role to ‘fight back’ against the socio-political forces associated with secular modernity; that they perceive to be threatening their way of life. As they believe themselves to be God’s ‘chosen’, they consider themselves the only ones who can do this job ‘right’. Often they see this ‘fight’ as one that has to be won for spiritual, social, and national reasons.

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