A Social Justice and Faith Webzine


ted schmidt

by Ted Schmidt

The fundamentalist approach is dangerous, for it is attractive to people who look to the Bible for ready answers to the problems of
life . . . instead of telling them that the Bible does not necessarily contain an immediate answer to each and every problem. . . Fundamentalism actually invites people to a kind of intellectual suicide. It injects into life a false certitude, for it unwittingly confuses the divine substance of the biblical message with what are in fact its human limitations.

Vatican 1993 "The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church"

They talk Christ but walk corporate.
Thomas Frank

Israel should take portions of present day Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan and all of Lebanon, Jordan and Kuwait. Palestine belongs to the Jews. God has blessed America because we have cooperated with God in protecting that which is present to Him (Israel)."
Jerry Falwell, Feb 6, 1983

Fundamentalism represents a defeat for the religious traditions that fundamentalists are fighting to preserve because they end to downplay compassion which all the world faiths insist is the primary religious virtue, and overstress the more belligerent and intolerant aspects of the tradition.
Karen Armstrong in The Battle for God

Those who believe absurdities end up committing atrocities.


The brilliant German psychiatrist Ernst Kretschmer (d.1964) made a cogent observation about the effect of societal upheaval on people. It was his contention, based on acute observation, particularly of the Hitlerian era in which he lived, that the unhinged, bizarre, and radically alienated do not cause much damage in stable environments. However, "once the spirit of an age gets overheated," look out, anything can happen.


Here is your Premium Membership for complete access to this and every article!

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Views of columnists and bylined feature writers as expressed are not necessarily those of The Social Edge.
Permission to post or reprint articles, interviews, editorials, commentary, and reviews written for
The Social must be obtained from the Publishers.

© 2001-2009 | Articles | Arts & Culture | Columns | Commentary | Editorial | Interviews | Most Recent | Disclaimer | Privacy | Log in