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Date Posted: 22:18
Author: Miki Foster
Subject: Re: In Praise of Fundamentalism
In reply to: ketch - 24 Oct 2001 's message, "In Praise of Fundamentalism" on 13:08

Yes, what you say is right. Also Paulsen is a strange guy (he sees UFOs everywhere, eh eh). In any case, I think that if a person wants to preserve the integrity of the teachings he is right and surely not a fundamentalist in the negative sense. I don't read often this board, but I would like to add that with the term "fundamentalist" (in the world of kriya yoga) many people mean another concept. There is one organization spreading the teachings of kriya yoga (you will probably imagine what organization I am referring to) whose devotees (at least a good part) are quite fanatic and narrow-minded in their views. They see only their church as "the authorized source" (the nice thing is that the church does not say necessarily so, but the devotees do). If you show them that what they think is not true, they turn their head somewhere else. In the same way, fundamentalists of protestant churches generally apply religion to the letter, many times without even thinking of the possibility of interpretation or of being wrong. Their usual way of thinking is: Why is it so? Answer: Because it is so. If you face them or challenge their views, they turn their head somewhere else. In my opinion the word "Fundamentalist" has indeed (also) a negative meaning.

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