From a somewhat conservative newspaper in Newport News, VA: attributed to George W. Cornel
From a somewhat conservative newspaper in Newport News, VA:
attributed to George W. Cornell, "Association Press" -- I assume
"Associated Press", but that's what the byline says.
Titled "Religions Fighting Back, Scholars Report":
- Describes study of a "monumental" fundamentalism project sponsored
by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Headed by Rev. Martin
E. Marty and historian-research associate R. Scott Appleby.
- Expectations of "enlightened age of sheer rationalism" have
encountered a "global storm" of religious fundamentalism".
"... the unforeseen, religion-linked turmoil seems most everywhere:
in biblical "inerrancy" and Operation Rescue crusades in this country,
Christian violence in Ireland, West Bank Jewish expansionism, Buddhist
militancy in Sri Lanka, Christian-Muslim battling in ex-Communist
states, Muslim absolutisms in Iran and Sudan and Hindu rampages in India."
"...Traditional cultures, with values based in religious teachings,
are finding that those values are undermined by the push to modernize
societies according to the 'Western' model," Appleby said. "It's not
simply a revival of religion that was dead and is now coming back.
Fundamentalists see it as a crisis in which normal procedure must be
suspended and they must fight back or their tradition will be lost."
"... While some [fundamentalisms] are seen as exploiting religion for
power, most are considered committed to religion, yet _distortingly
narrowing it_ to defend it.
"...You don't go to the barricades ready to die unless you're sure
God is counting on you. They're people who can't tolerate _ambiguity,
paradox, or compromise_, that you win some, lose some, and God takes
care of himself." (Marty)
"...The industrialized West "unwittingly had thought the rest of the
world eventually would think the way we thought and that religion
would just go away or turn very moderate" but just the opposite has
"We lived off the enlightenment and thought everything would be
reasonable and rational and that our investments in science would
pay off," but events have shattered that vision, he [Marty]
said. "Now the West is uncertain. All kinds of forces are
filling the vacuum..."
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