The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Understanding fundamentalisms

With Islam and Christianity, look past similarities to differences

Osama bin Laden and his mentor, Sayyid Qutb, are fundamentalists. So are Jerry Falwell and, in a slightly more complicated way (because he's also Pentecostalist), Pat Robertson.

Bin Laden & Co. are Muslims who would rather kill you than let you connect them in any way with Protestant fundamentalists. Jerry Falwell & Co. are Christians who would rather see God remove you from the scene than let you associate them with Islamic fundamentalists.

They have good reasons to be kept at a distance from each other. It's not hard to respect those reasons.

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