Effects Of Religious Fundamentalism

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Fundamentalism refers to the static adoption of a given ideology in ones life (3), often leading to a firm rejection of alternate beliefs and a strictly authoritarian world view (1). Religious fundamentalism employs a literal acceptance of the ideology and scriptures of a given religion (11), driven by the psychological character of the fundamentalist who 's primary aim is to create a society based off their religious ideology (6). The ways in which fundamentalism affects human behaviour can be observed through the psychological theory of Sigmund Freud, emphasising the role of the unconscious in shaping beliefs and their corresponding behaviours. The role of Islamic fundamentalism specifically in recent terror attacks conducted by Islamic State, …show more content…
General standards of behaviour across societies will differ according to cultural, sociological and legal standards, however the presence of religion in the life of any individual provides a definite basis of morality and behaviour that one is obliged to follow (18). The effect of fundamentalism on human behaviour becomes obvious here, as fundamentalists live according to exaggerated religious ideology (1), significantly altering their behaviour; the significance of the effects of fundamentalist beliefs on human behaviour becomes particularly obvious in comparing the behaviour of a religious fundamentalist with the behaviour of an atheist. It is widely understood that a belief in God or a dedication to religious ideology, two concepts of extreme prevalence in fundamental groups, tends to encourage moral behaviour (18), given that the general purpose of religion as a concept is to support positive spiritual development (19), consequentially strengthening individual morality; a religious fundamentalist therefore, will behave in strict accordance with the ideology of their chosen religion, leading to a deepened spirituality and relationship with God. Alternatively, the behaviour of an atheist will be purely secular, based off the desires of the individual and society, removed from religious influence and therefore obviously different from that of a religious individual (See Appendix A), particularly a fundamentalist possessing extreme versions of religious beliefs, therefore experiencing even more drastic differences in behaviour from an atheist. Sigmund Freud emphasised the role of the unconscious in his interpretation of the role

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