Fundamentalism. From Secular to Sacred Psychosocial & Socioeconomic Perspective What Is To Be Done? By Tahir M. Qazi, MD. History & Definition. Protestants Conference in Niagara Falls, NY Scopes Trial (Monkey Trial) 1925 Theory of Natural Selection Under Fire
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From Secular to Sacred
Psychosocial & Socioeconomic Perspective
What Is To Be Done?
Tahir M. Qazi, MD
Corresponding Philosophic Conceptions
Personality Theories are NOT appropriate for understanding fundamentalism
Psycho-social Models hold better promise
For understanding Fundamentalism
Altemeyers; Page 380
Fundamentalist Parents to a teenager:
S/he had been raised in a non-religious Family.
Thinking to be religious. What would you advise?
Atheist Parents to a teenager:
S/he had been raised in a religious Family.
Thinking to become an atheist. What would you advise?
Try to lead teen to their faith
18% Atheist Parents
Try to lead teen to their atheism
80% Atheist Parents Responded:
“They would encourage the teen to search among
Alternatives beliefs and decide for yourself”
Atheistic Fundamentalism is not a valid construct
Towards Belief (Ideology)
Role of Social Conditions in
Determination of Behavior
Protestant fundamentalists in the US fought for their ideology in the court of law
Taliban in Afghanistan resorted to violence
“Cultural Values have enduring and
Autonomous influence on the society”
Economic Theorists: Karl Marx to Daniel Bell
“Socioeconomic development brings
pervasive changes in the society”
Modernism, Cultural Change & Democracy: Page 134
Fundamentalism to Secularism?