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The Fundamentalist MindsetPsychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History$
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Charles B. Strozier, David M. Terman, James W. Jones, and Katherine A. Boyd

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379655.001.0001

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The Apocalyptic Other

The Apocalyptic Other

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(p.62) 6 The Apocalyptic Other
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The Fundamentalist Mindset
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Charles B. Strozier (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379655.003.0006

The apocalyptic is the death-drenched dimension of the fundamentalist mindset. Among religious fundamentalist believers there is nothing more basic to their belief system than hope for the coming (or return) of the Messiah. For secular millennial movements, such as the Nazis, the redemptive goals are rather more vague but equally central to their aspirations. There can be ultimate salvation only with the absolute destruction of the world and its evils. The end of death overcomes death itself, however, in a remaking of the world that brings with it powerful hope. This transcendent process totalizes the other, requiring radical dualisms and evoking evil in paranoid ways. This chapter focuses on the link between paranoia and the apocalyptic, which gives us insight into the violent potentials in the fundamentalist mindset.

Keywords:   fundamentalism, fundamentalist mindset, apocalyptic, paranoia

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