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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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Eternal Warfare

Eternal Warfare

Violence on the Mind of American Apocalyptic Christianity

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(p.91) 9 Eternal Warfare
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The Fundamentalist Mindset
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James W. Jones (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379655.003.0009

This chapter begins with a brief review of research on the psychology of violence and the connection between violent media, particularly video games, and violent behavior. It also briefly reviews some of the psychological themes found in violent religious groups across religious traditions. This will be followed by a description of some of the violent imagery found in the Left Behind novels and the video game “Left Behind: Eternal Forces”, based on the series. This will underscore the thematic similarities between these examples of Christian media and the texts of violence found in violent and terroristic religious groups.

Keywords:   fundamentalism, fundamentalist mindset, Christianity, Left Behind, apocalyptic Christians, psychology of violence, religious groups

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