Thursday, August 17, 2006

Carter on the Fundamentalist Mindset

"The fundamentalists believe they have a unique relationship with God, and that they and their ideas are God's ideas and God's premises on the particular issue. Therefore, by definition since they are speaking for God anyone who disagrees with them is inherently wrong. And the next step is: Those who disagree with them are inherently inferior, and in extreme cases -- as is the case with some fundamentalists around the world -- it makes your opponents sub-humans, so that their lives are not significant. Another thing is that a fundamentalist can't bring himself or herself to negotiate with people who disagree with them because the negotiating process itself is an indication of implied equality."

- Jimmy Carter, Interview with SPIEGEL Magazine 8/15/06 "The US and Israel Stand Alone"

3 comments:

Luke said...

Nice post. It does appear to characterize many fundamentalists. I am reading Carter's book "Our Endangered Values" right now, and have been impressed by his commitment to Christ and the actions that were motivated by his deepseated Christian beliefs.

Luke said...

Nice post. It does appear to characterize many fundamentalists. I am reading Carter's book "Our Endangered Values" right now, and have been impressed by his commitment to Christ and the actions that were motivated by his deepseated Christian beliefs.

John R. Himes said...

Carter is arrogant and judgmental in his statement. He may be speaking of a few fundamentalists, but he has little understanding of the historical fundamentalism which constituted virtually all of evangelicalism until the late 1950's.