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Antifundamentalism in Modern America$
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David Harrington Watt

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448270

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448270.001.0001

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(p.16) 1 Skeptics
Antifundamentalism in Modern America

David Harrington Watt

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on the arguments advanced by scholars who were leery of global fundamentalism. Some of these skeptical scholars say that when it is used with great care, the concept of global fundamentalism can be a helpful idea. Others maintain that even if the term is used carefully, speaking of global fundamentalism adds nothing to the discussion about world religions. To this second group of skeptics, the concept is fatally flawed. Some go so far as to say that talking about global fundamentalism is a great deal like talking about primitive religion or unicorns. In other words, global fundamentalism provides people with a way of talking about something that does not exist.

Keywords:   global fundamentalism, scholars, skeptics, world religions, primitive religion

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