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Gayle in MD
11-20-2010, 08:48 AM
http://my.firedoglake.com/revdonreeves/2010/11/19/the-fear-factor-in-religious-fundamentalism/

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<span style='font-size: 11pt'>The Fear Factor in Religious Fundamentalism…
By: Rev. Don Reeves, Chaplain/Colonel, USAF (Res/Ret)</span> Friday November 19, 2010 8:49 am

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One of the strongest of those influences is the emotion of fear. And the ‘fear factor’ is a prime mover in all fundamentalist faith groups, including Christianity itself.

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Particularly present in the world’s so-called “Western” religions (Judaism/Islam/Christianity) is the often not-so-subtle element of ‘fear’ as a major, motivating force shaping religious commitment that operates…most of all…to protect human belief standards more than to promote presumed divine love and promise.

Within these religious cultures in particular, we do an injustice to our intelligence by ‘playing down’ the influence of fear as a motivating Factor of Faith.

Ironically, speaking from a Christian tradition, I believe fundamentalism’s dependence on fear, as a primary factor of faith, threatens to bolster religious commitments that arrogantly ‘put down’ any other theological view and create a religious/cultural impetus that affects every aspect of public life…from economics to politics.

Under the influence of that impetus, the ethos of a nation/culture can ultimately, and easily, become one that subtly promotes competitive separation from other cultures…rather than the cooperative connection so needed in a diverse world.

Thus, out of a basically fear-induced religious environment comes an ideological setting that threatens national and international efforts to create positive, political/cultural connections and supplants hope for world peace with fears of a world-of-wars.

Put simply, …in the final analysis…Religious Fear Factors, on the global scene, give birth to the very thing fundamentalists fear most…i.e., cultural conflicts that threaten their own dreams of Safety and Solvency and Security
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LWW
11-20-2010, 12:33 PM
That sounds like an apt description of the Goremon faith.

LWW

llotter
11-20-2010, 03:08 PM
As the Scotch philosopher David Hume once observed, 'morality is not the conclusion of reasoned thought'. Given the difficulty in teaching right from wrong, injecting a little fear does lend some logic to an otherwise illogical endeavor.

Deeman3
11-20-2010, 05:02 PM
Fear may be the basis of much of our lives, no more or less so of faith, politics and even survival itself.

If it were not for fear, most of us would perish long before the age or opportunity for selecting to believe in something or not.

Fear for the masses or loss of control of then probably drives the left while fear of loss of freedom for the individual along with their fair share of control may drive much of the right.

A cocked .45 pretty much equalizes fear for both sides. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

pooltchr
11-20-2010, 05:25 PM
Our government operates in a similar fashion.

Fear of an IRS audit encourages most people to pay their taxes (Dem friends of Obama being the exception)
Fear of arrest encourages us to spend $50 a year to put a little piece of sheet metal on the back of our cars.

Everything the government "encourages" us to do is backed up with a threat that plays upon most people's fears.

It's how you control people!

Steve