The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History

The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History

by Charles B. Strozier
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195379659

ISBN-13: 9780195379655

Pub. Date: 04/19/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This penetrating book sheds light on the psychology of fundamentalism, with a particular focus on those who become extremists and fanatics. What accounts for the violence that emerges among some fundamentalist groups? The contributors to this book identify several factors: a radical dualism, in which all aspects of life are bluntly categorized as either good or

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This penetrating book sheds light on the psychology of fundamentalism, with a particular focus on those who become extremists and fanatics. What accounts for the violence that emerges among some fundamentalist groups? The contributors to this book identify several factors: a radical dualism, in which all aspects of life are bluntly categorized as either good or evil; a destructive inclination to interpret authoritative texts, laws, and teachings in the most literal of terms; an extreme and totalized conversion experience; paranoid thinking; and an apocalyptic world view. After examining each of these concepts in detail, and showing the ways in which they lead to violence among widely disparate groups, these engrossing essays explore such areas as fundamentalism in the American experience and among jihadists, and they illuminate aspects of the same psychology that contributed to such historical crises as the French Revolution, the Nazi movement, and post-Partition Hindu religious practice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195379655
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/19/2010
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements i
Preface iii
Martin E. Marty
Introduction 1
Charles B. Strozier and David M. Terman
Part I: What is the Fundamentalist Mindset? 9
1 Definitions and Dualisms 10
Charles B. Strozier and Katharine Boyd
2 Theories of Group Psychology, Paranoia, and Rage 18
David M. Terman
3 The Apocalyptic 41
Charles B. Strozier and Katharine Boyd
4 The Charismatic Leader and the Totalism of Conversion 60
Charles B. Strozier, Katharine Boyd, and James W. Jones
Part II: Motivations for Violence 71
5 The Paranoid Gestalt 72
David M. Terman
6 The Apocalyptic Other 97
Charles B. Strozier
7 Triggering the Fundamentalist Mind: Having Control
Under Control 111
Bettina Muenster and David Lotto
8 Fundamentalist Faith States: Affect Regulation and the Attachment Relationship to God 126
Daniel Hill
Part III: Christian and American Contexts 139
9 Eternal Warfare: Violence on the Mind of American
Apocalyptic Christianity 140
James W. Jones
10 Opening the Seven Seals of Fundamentalism 164
Charles B. Strozier
11 The Unsettling of the Fundamentalist Mindset: Shifts in
Apocalyptic Belief in Contemporary Conservative Christianity 188
Lee Quinby
Part IV: Global and Historical Contexts 212
12 Motivations for Jihadi Violence 213
Farhad Khosrokhavar
13 Ordering Chaos: the Nazi Millennialism and the Quest for Meaning 238
David Redles
14 The French Revolution and the Paranoid Gestalt 273
David P. Jordan
15 Hindu Victimhood and India's Muslim Minority 304
John R. McLane
Conclusion: A Fundamentalist Mindset? 336
James W. Jones

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