unwavering attachment to a set of irreducible beliefs

Fundamentalism usually has a religious connotation that indicates unwavering attachment to a set of irreducible beliefs.


  • Any hope that America would finally grow up vanished with the rise of fundamentalist Christianity. Fundamentalism, with its born-again regression, its pink-and-gold concept of heaven, its literal-mindedness, its rambunctious good cheer... its anti-intellectualism... its puerile hymns... and its faith-healing... are made to order for King Kid America.
    • Florence King, Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye, St. Martin's Press: 1990, page 33
  • When two-three different religions claim that only their own religions are true and all other religions are false, their religions are only ways to Heaven, conflicts can not be avoided. Thus, fundamentalism tries to abolish all other religions. This is called Bolshevism in religion. Only the path shown by the Hinduism can relieve the world from this meanness.
    • R. Tagore, `Aatmaparichapa' in his book `Parichaya'
  • If we define fundamentalism as movement that calls for a return to the original fundamentalisms of a certain doctrine, ideology or religion, then the term seems not appropriate to the Indian context, especially not appropriate to Hindusim because such a monistic fundament is not to be found in [this] . . . religion.
    • Nehring, 1994, Nehring, A. 1994. ‘Fundamentalism: A Radical Response to Post-Modern Secularism’, in A. Nehring (ed.), Fundamentalism and Secularism: The Indian Predicament, pp. 16–27. Chennai: Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute. quoted in Pradip N. Thomas - Strong Religion, Zealous Media_ Christian Fundamentalism and Communication in India-Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd (2008) 28

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