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  •  Webster's (1+ / 0-)
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    ain Entry: fun·da·men·tal·ism
    Pronunciation: -tə-ˌli-zəm\
    Function: noun
    Date: 1922

    1 a often capitalized : 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 to such beliefs
    2 : a movement or attitude stressing strict and literal adherence to a set of basic principles <Islamic fundamentalism> <political fundamentalism>

    — fun·da·men·tal·ist -tə-list\ noun

    — fundamentalist or fun·da·men·tal·is·tic -ˌmen-tə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective

    The common theme would appear to be the word "literal."

    I am all for reclaiming words if there is some upside to doing so, however I don't see that with this one.  I get what you are trying to do here, but I think the semantics muddy the waters as much as anything.

    I dissent your dissent

    by snout on Wed May 05, 2010 at 03:10:54 AM PDT

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    •  & other dictionaries offer different definitions (4+ / 0-)

      as well as place those they offer in a different order

      my intent is clear, whether or not you agree with it.  

      I intended to provoke a conversation.  

      I do not intend to surrender the meaning of words

      fundamentalism as in adhering to key fundamentals does not have to be being a pure literalist, which the Founders clearly were not.  After all, some of Marshall's key opinions read the constitution in a mixed fashion between those things that were literal and those things that could be interpreted more broadly.

      do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

      by teacherken on Wed May 05, 2010 at 03:14:57 AM PDT

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    •  While I understand your objection (4+ / 0-)
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      the current connotation of "fundamental-ist" an imperfect derivative of its own root word:

      fun·da·men·tal   [fuhn-duh-men-tl]–adjective

      1. serving as, or being an essential part of, a foundation or basis; basic; underlying: fundamental principles; the fundamental structure.
      1. of, pertaining to, or affecting the foundation or basis: a fundamental revision.
      1. being an original or primary source: a fundamental idea.

      In the broader and, imho, more accurate context the term "fundamentalist" is appropriately applied by teacherken in this diary.

      I'm not me minus anything; I'm me plus this experience. ...Michael J. Fox

      by Mlle Orignalmale on Wed May 05, 2010 at 03:25:22 AM PDT

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