Why Paganism is immune to fundamentalism
By Gus diZerega
[Snip] Fundamentalism is a claim to know the Truth for a tradition based on a supposedly literal reading of its scripture’s supposed “fundamentals.” Fundamentalism is usually confused with conservative religion, but they only partially overlap, mostly in their opposition to liberal interpretations of their tradition. In a deeper sense, far from being conservative, I consider fundamentalism a religious malady that takes its practitioners ever farther from genuine spiritual insight.
The distinction between fundamentalism and conservative religion is similar to the one I made a while ago between conservative and right wing politics. Neither the contemporary political right wing nor fundamentalism are truly conservative. They are both toxic expressions of the modernity they often believe they are rejecting.