Date of Award

12-1993

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Comparative Religion

First Advisor

Dr. Otto Gründler

Second Advisor

Dr. David Ede

Third Advisor

Dr. E. Thomas Lawson

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Rudolf Siebert

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

In substantiation of the claim that Protestant fundamentalism is distinctive because of the views it promulgates regarding biblical authority, inspiration, and inerrancy, supporting evidence will be garnered from a variety of perspectives: (a) those who consider fundamentalism a reaction against "modernity," (b) sociologists and anthropologists of religion, (c) historians of fundamentalism , and (d) fundamentalist theology. The distinctive aspects of fundamentalist belief will be the subject of an explanatory understanding, based on insights from cognitive psychology in general and the theories of Pascal Boyer in particular.

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