(noun) “The tendency to reduce a religion to its most fundamental tenets, based on strict interpretation of core texts” (Wiktionary n.d.).

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  • A (noun) fundamentalist advocates for (adjective) fundamentalistic principles.

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  • “Fundamentalism, whether of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or Hindu variety, is a socially conservative political ideology dressed up in religious language. Although fundamentalists claim to adhere to the original doctrinal texts, they are frequently very selective in their use of those texts and traditions . . . . As a religious doctrine, fundamentalism often takes religion out the social context in which it first arose and says that tenets that may have made sense in, for example, a society that practiced slavery, are still applicable today” (Kaufman and Kimmel 2011:51).

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Wiktionary. n.d. “fundamentalism.” Retrieved December 7, 2013 (