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5.0 out of 5 stars Fundamentalism makes you nervous? Don't miss this book!!!, October 16, 1997
This review is from: Leaving the Fold: Testimonies of Former Fundamentalists (Hardcover)
LEAVING THE FOLD contains the personal reflections of ex-fundamentalist Christians regarding why they left their particular subculture. I was amazed to find out who some of the contributors were, e.g., Harvey Cox, professor of religion at Harvard! I think that many people leave fundamentalist Christian groups and, in the spirit of Christian charity, try not to say anything critical about the group. This is a mistake. Some of the heinous behavior, abuse and crimes of these groups as revealed in the testimonies ex-members must be exposed. Many thanks to Ed Babinski for a job well-done and for his service to Christendom for getting us all to be honest with ourselves about abuses committed in the name of God. Ronald A. Veenker, PhD, Dept of Religious Studies, Western Kentucky, University Bowling Green, KY 42101 I
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Initial post: Dec 5, 2007 11:58:44 PM PST
Point of Interest:I never knew Harvey considered himself a fundamentalist.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 3:09:02 PM PST
Drew says:
Speaking for myself, the reason I do not vocally criticize fundamentalist Christian groups is because they perceive such criticism as being the work of "the enemy" (AKA Satan), and therefore take it as evidence that they are on the right track in implementing "God's will". Thankfully I can no longer quote the bible verses used to support this bizarre self-referential mode of thinking, but there are several. Aside from that, I also view fundamentalism forms of any religion as representing a lower, concretive stage of faith that any spiritually-oriented person passes through (though for many the phase is relatively brief and occurs when they are very young). The best way to help people advance to a more sophisticated form of spirituality is to gently help them see a broader picture, not to criticize and ridicule them.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 6:24:26 PM PST
Ben Qualls says:
Leaving the Field - the arrogance displayed in comments by Drewskers and Veenkers is revealing. God's Word clearly addresses the self-delusion and foolishness of such people.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 6:37:43 PM PST
Ben Qualls says:
A higher spirituality apart from God and His Word? Drewskers' supercilious and condescending attitude toward Christians is not supported by any evidence that he or others of his thinking are more spiritually developed or more intelligent than those whom he designates, derisively, as fundamentalists.
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