Religion and Religious Fundamentalism: Today’s Challenges


The paper will attempt to analyse interrelations between religion and religious fundamentalism, characteristics of religious fundamentalism, its nature, roots, and main elements. Three preliminary observations can be made. Firstly, usually the case is that of either methodological maximalism or minimalism. Secondly, scientific approach should be distinguished from journalistic one. Thirdly, there is a noticeable tendency to identify religion as such with fundamentalism. At times it is manifested as a notion that religious thought, worldview in a way leads to fundamentalism. The growing importance of religious fundamentalism is linked with such phenomena as integrism, orthodoxy, traditionalism, nationalism, communalism, religious awakening, and religious extremism.

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Maria Marczewska-Rytko, Maria Curie Sk≈�_dowska University, Poland

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Conference: ACCS2016
Stream: Justice Studies

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