Fundamentalist Mind: How Polarized Thinking Imperils Us All

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The revered images and sacred narratives of the world's religions render existence meaningful. However, when interpreted literally rather than symbolically, the spiritual essence of religion loses its creative potential and can become a destructive force. Fundamentalists of any faith, says author Stephen Larsen, are in a rapture of certainty, secure in their righteous belief and an exclusive covenant with God. Our world today is embroiled in a "clash of the fundamentalisms" as predicted by the great mythologist ...
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Overview

The revered images and sacred narratives of the world's religions render existence meaningful. However, when interpreted literally rather than symbolically, the spiritual essence of religion loses its creative potential and can become a destructive force. Fundamentalists of any faith, says author Stephen Larsen, are in a rapture of certainty, secure in their righteous belief and an exclusive covenant with God. Our world today is embroiled in a "clash of the fundamentalisms" as predicted by the great mythologist Joseph Campbell, and, in the words of Dr. Huston Smith, "all isms end up in schisms."

Such thinking exists not only in religion and the "other" but in all of us-cultural creatives, left-wingers, scientists, and secularists alike. We all have an inner fundamentalist: It can originate right there in the amygdala, a tiny, almond-sized organ in the midbrain that triggers the fight-or-flight response to danger. It also originates in the tendency to split thinking and feeling that exists throughout the brain. Larsen shows us how to free our minds by identifying polarized thinking in ourselves as well as others. He suggests a "natural spirituality": the awareness of the god force in everything, the humility to admit mistakes, flexibility instead of rigidity, and a willingness to tolerate differences. The Fundamentalist Mind is a powerful tool to clarify and elevate the discussion we must all have if our global community is to survive.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835608503
  • Publisher: Theosophical Publishing House
  • Publication date: 11/25/2007
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     VIII
Foreword     IX
Acknowledgments     XVII
Introduction     XIX
The Phantom Rulers of Humanity     1
The Neurobiology of Belief     21
Authority, Ritual, and Dissociation     49
Fragments of the Gods     77
Dualism and Millennialism in Christianity     97
The Roots of Islamic Fundamentalism     127
Secular Fundamentalism     141
The Five-Minute Fundamentalist     163
Natural Religion     189
Notes     213
Bibliography     225
Index     235
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