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Religious Fundamentalism in the Modern World Fundamentalism The belief in old and traditional forms of religion or the belief that what is written in a holy book such as the Christian Bible as being completely and literally true The Cambridge International Dictionary of English Fundamentalism a a movement in 20th century Protestantism emphasizing the literally interpreted Bible as Fundamental to Christian life and teaching b the beliefs of this movement c adherence t such beliefs Websters English Dictionary Fundamentalism is a religious phenomenon that has taken 20th century politics by storm As defined by Websters English dictionary fundamentalism has a direct correlation with Protestant Christianity however it has in the past and is currently impacting many other forms of religion Since the 1970s many religious movements have emerged into political governments and ideologies all over the world The dominating religion in Europe is Catholicism Hinduism is very strong in eastern Asia Judaism is the ranking religion in Israel and Israelis political decision and finally Islam is the principal religion in the Middle East Islam is the second largest religion in the world second only to Christianity which is the main religion in the United States and is actually making a strong comeback in America According to Kepel author of The Revenge of God 1994 all of these religions share the characteristic of challenging the way society is organized either it is a secular foundation or the way it has deviated from a foundation based upon religion as in the United States for example When the American government was constructed by its founding fathers the guidelines for Americas laws and ideas where based on Biblical principals Christian values and morals The founding fathers wanted their Christian faith to play a major role in the American government and law but they did not want government to rule over the church or the church to rule over government Therefore they added a clause in
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