A Psychological Study of Christian Fundamentalism

This post is for Christians and nonChristians who are really deep thinkers and analyzers.  I am talking about our readers with a college degree, or two, or three—and an overall college GPA of at least 3.50.  If you do not have those things under your belt, you may get lost quickly.

In January 2005, Walter A. Davis (Professor Emeritus of English at The Ohio State University) published a long article entitled “The Psychology of Christian Fundamentalism.”  If you have ever been curious about what makes the typical fundie mind and heart tick at the psychological level, this article is definitely for you.

For some background information on Dr. Davis, you may review the following biographical synopsis in Wikipedia and his curriculum vita by clicking on the following two safe links:

Biography of Dr. Walter A. Davis

Curriculum Vita

His article on the psychology of Christian fundamentalism (and by derivation conservative evangelicalism) may be read by clicking on the following safe link:

The Psychology of Christian Fundamentalism

Dr. Davis addresses a variety of subjects within the realm of Christian fundamentalism and ties them all together to offer his own synthesized understanding of the fundie mind. For example, Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals often accuse mainstream Christians and most nonChristians of embracing a culture of death, whereas they claim in contrast that Christian fundamentalism embraces a culture of life.  As part of his psychological analysis, Davis concludes that the fundie belief system has at its core a unique culture of death that is all its own—psychologically speaking—a deeper and far more pervasive one than any culture of death that exists outside of  the fundie realm. Most of those everyday “crazy things” fundies say and do are addressed in this article in one way or another, so this is actually a fun read, if you can penetrate the scholarly intellectualism that I warned you about earlier.  Please give it a try and see what you think about this article.

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