How Does Fundamentalism Affect Our Modern Day Society?

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Fundamentalism was first talked about during the debate by the Fundamentalist-Modernist in the 1920’s. Fundamentalism is defined as a type of religion that upholds very strict beliefs from the scripture they worship. There are several people and groups such as John Nelson Darby, William Bell Riley, and one group that, been in the news a lot lately, Westboro Baptist Church. The members of Westboro Baptist Church are known in modern day as a group of people known for hate speeches against homosexual, Jews, and politicians. The definition of fundamentalism could lead one to believe that the members of the Westboro Baptist Church are in fact fundamentalists; however, they are just the opposite of that. When thinking about fundamentalism and…show more content…
Knowing how far to push fundamentalist teachings is very important for fundamentalist. Members of Westboro Baptist have publically lacked the knowledge of when a line has been crossed and what makes a fundamentalist differentiate from a terrorist. For some people, categorizing Westboro Baptist Church as a fundamentalist group could be quite the stretch. Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, is a church that was founded by Fred Phelps in 1955. As previously mentioned, this group is known for their hate speeches and preaches against all form of sin such as homosexuality, adultery, divorced, and remarriage.4 These sins are listed in the bible and shouldn’t be committed but there are more sins in the bible that they are also ignoring such as: not feeding god’s children that are hungry, accepting a bribe, wearing the clothing of the opposite sex, not forgiving others, and gambling. Most Baptist groups have the general beliefs of a typical Christian. When it comes to following Gods words presented to us in the Bible we must know our limits of what we can say and direct on others on what to believe. If members of Westboro Baptist Church are followers of Christianity, they are missing the most important thing that is taught to us as Christians: not to hate. Christians are taught that they should love everyone and treat them as they would want to be treated. As taught in this “strictly” Christian group they are suppose to protest with signs that have
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