Date: 29 Jul 94 06:15:34 To: Michael Elliot Subj: +quot;Fundy+quot; defined _ J.J. Hitt, c

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Date: 29 Jul 94 06:15:34 From: Marty Leipzig To: Michael Elliot Subj: "Fundy" defined ____________________________________________________________________________ J.J. Hitt, crazy about school: a real academia nut, said to Michael Elliott: ME> Just so I know what it is when I get called it, what the ME> heck is a "fundy", or rather, why is it called a "fundy"? ME> I'm new here, so call me ignorant. (like you won't anyway ) JH> Hopefully Marty L. will get back to you on this one. JH> He's defined the critter much better than I'd care to attempt to. Herr Hitt requests; and I supply: ============================================================================= Fundie (fun'dee) n. & adj. (var. Fundy; pls. fundies, fundys), A member of an American conservative religious movement that believes in biblical inerrancy. This movement had its roots in the nineteenth-century orthodox reaction to the higher (historico-literary) criticism of the Bible that originated among European theologians and was accepted by American "modernists". Fundamentalism owes its name to the "Five Fundamentals", a list of five beliefs that the Presbyterian General Assembly drew up in 1910 as being essential to the Christian faith. Among those fundamentals was the doctrine of biblical inerrancy. Fundies (Homo nesciens idiotus) come in two varities; (about more later) but are united by the belief that each and every word ("jot and tittle") of the Holy Writ is true. When they find a text convenient to an argument, it is quotable as the ultimate truth. But when confronted with an apparent contradiction, they sail away upon the wings of a symbol, an analogy of hidden or recondite significance. Although two separate and distinct varities of fundy exist (H.n.i. var. ruralensis and H.n.i var. urbanensis), they can be typically identified by their possession of a heavily thumped (but rarely read) Bible; an almost cataleptic adherance to dated dogma and the annoying ability of being able to interject their own version of ethics and morality into almost any catagory of subject. As a group, they are exasperatingly unidimensional. H.n.i. var. ruralensis can be typified as a backwoods rustic living among the 'possums, 'coons, 'dillos and magnolias who is functionally illiterate. Though some may become transplanted to more urban settings; they stubbornly adhere to the old habits: barefootedness and brainless blathering. A macroevolutionary jump (though some would say regression) is responsible for the other variety: H.n.i. var. urbanensis. They arose from their humbler cousins in the deep backwoods but have evolved to the trophism of bright lights, television cameras and teleprompters. Basically, this group is a country bumpkin of the wacko-right turned religious zealot and usually named Billy, Jimmy or some other familiar sobriquet. They drape a mantle of Christian piety around their shoulders, and stomping off on a witch hunt; ferret out fellow travelers, secular humanists and other assorted bogeymen. With a primitive view of this world and a psychodelic view of the next, they harangue lost sinners (and those with the ability to think for themselves) in an impassioned and declamatory style to REPENT! and be born again. Ranting and raving; and spouting smoke, fury, fire, brimstone and stained glass blather; they pace whatever stage they can usurp like a whirling dervish run amuck. The venue may change, but the song remains the same. Usually, such narrowly unspecialized organisms represent an evolutionary dead end. In these cases, it is more of a U-turn. ============================================================================= Hope that clears it up a bit for you. ... Fundamentalism: Tents aren't the only thing in common with circus'. * Origin: A Little Corner in Time BBS (1:106/113.0)

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