Monday, October 19, 2009

George Marsden Identifies Darwinian Fundamentalism

In the context of the recent Bloggingheads controversy concerning Intelligent Design, George Marsden supported the premise of this blog:
Some religion history experts noted the ironic adaptation of Fundamentalist techniques on the opposite side of the evolution debate. "Recently 'the new atheists' have been characterized, even in some of the mainstream media, as like fundamentalists in their dogmatism," said George Marsden, a noted professor of American religious history at the University of Notre Dame. "Breaking relations with those who associate with your enemies sounds a lot like classic American fundamentalist 'second-degree separation.' "

I recommend Marsden's book, The Soul of the American University: From Protestant Establishment to Established Nonbelief, which gets into related topics.

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