“A very good real world working definition of a ‘fundamentalist’ (or “fundie”) is: a person that is 1. willing to die for their belief system, or 2. is willing to kill to defend their belief system. If a religious, or political, believer fits that mould in either way then it is safe to say they are likely a fundamentalist thinker and believer.” (Johnny Bird)
“If this is an accurate definition, which I don’t think it is, I would fall into category 1 but not into category 2. Does this make me 1/2 a fundie?
I think Jesus’ message was absolutely non-violent and his actions prove this point – as he releases his life into foreign powers to be killed (he never did fight back). Then the stories of his disciples are also in that same vein according to Acts. Later Christian narrative actually starts using ‘martyrdom accounts’ to help ease people into the fact they would likely be killed for their faith by Roman power (in certain places).
It seems to me Jesus died for his faith (and so did his disciples) but did not kill for it (and the same goes for his disciples).” (SocietyVs)
“Fundamentalism refers to a belief in a strict adherence to a set of basic principles (often religious in nature), sometimes as a reaction to perceived doctrinal compromises with modern social and political life” (Wikipedia – Fundamentalism)
That seems like a very accurate way to coin ‘fundamentalism’ to me. The lack of movement (inflexibility), especially to the left, on many key doctrinal issues seems to be the lench-pin for fundemantalism. I think what you are describing in your defintion is not just fundamentalism – but radicalism (kind of being a ‘fanatic’ for one’s beleifs).
I admit I am a fanatic in the sense I own up to my beliefs and would be willing to lay my life down for what I believe in. However, everyone is going to live/die for something regardless if they admit to that or not. So I am not sure it is fanatical to ‘die’ for one’s beliefs – it’s a very common human experience.
Now to kill for something – that’s real fanaticism. One minute ago that human was breathing, now he is not. That’s a transfer from a normal condition to an unexpected one (death)…the unexpected thing that entered was another human with a fanatical mindest. Jealousy, makes fanatics of men wo have been estranged from their wives. Terrorism makes fanatics from a religious ideology called jihad. Gangs makes fanatics out of normal aged school kids. Fanaticism is the extreme step over the line where one will do something they would not normally do under more balanced conditions.