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nanopost: religion + culture

(Those clues from the prior meme post? Ye gods, you people are evil! Working on it....slowly....)

Issue of the day: I've often thought about how a person's chosen religion both reflects and feeds back into their own psychology; and how people tend to choose a religion that either tells them their flaws are okay or supports them against them. (Example: I have a strong tendency to help other people until there's nothing of me left, which I only figured out how to fix when I became a Thelemite.)

Today it occurs to me this might also work on a larger scale. One-true-god religions feed well into tribal, us-vs-them worlds, where it really is eat or be eaten, and now they're HEATHEN as well, so they deserve it.

Today I see two major religious movements; the pagans of all flavors who teach tolerance of every path so long as it allows them their own; and the ultra-fundamentalist Christians, who are the above tribal mentality to the Nth degree. (There are also the radical atheists, who view all religions as tribal throwbacks and a threat to rationalist society, but that's another issue entirely.)

Most of the pagans I know view their position as the progressive one, and the fundamentalist one as the death throes of a tribal throwback. The question is whether there is something in modern culture that engenders and more importantly supports the fundamentalist worldview.

Long nanopost. But a complicated issue. You try it in less than four paragraphs.

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litch
Mar. 14th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
whether there is something in modern culture that engenders and more importantly supports the fundamentalist worldview.

It is that very modernity that yields the fundamentalist impulse.

We all feel it, for intelligent, self-aware geekly types is the the common urge to chuck it all and go live on a farm. The more "modern" life becomes the more change and malleability it induces in our lives. That's often unwanted or at least uncomfortable and makes a lot of react "fundamentally".
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