Not That There's Anything Wrong With That: the Meaning of the Word “Fundamentalism”
I will elaborate eventually on many of the definitions and meanings of important terms in the evolution debates. However, I wanted to add a quick note on one in particular which is in the title of this blog.
The word “fundamentalism” has many meanings. Its original meaning in connection with the Christian faith is virtually unknown to many people these days. The extension of the term to Muslims has further influenced the popular meaning. I have no objection to “fundamentalism” in the sense of faithful commitment to the fundamentals of one’s faith or philosophy, or zeal for one’s religion. I do object to “fundamentalism” in the sense of intolerance, obscurantism, narrow-mindedness and anti-intellectualism. It is in this sense that it is used in the title of this blog.