Thursday, July 16, 2009



I will be analyzing and discussing "THE FUNDAMENTALISM PROJECT", something I discovered and started following in the 1980's. Did you know that "scholars" have been tracking and analyzing us as anthropologists? Martin Marty and Scott Appleby of the University of Chicago headed a well funded project to literally and figuratively determine where Biblical literalist bodies are buried. Just like Javier Solana, they fret that we "fundies" are "using the global village to full advantage." Below is an
internet found synopsis of that particular project's work:

The Fundamentalism Project: From 1987 to 1995, the Academy undertook a major comparative study of anti-modernist, anti-secular militant religious movements on five continents and within seven world religious traditions. Drawing on the expertise of hundreds of scholars across the globe, the project convened 10 conferences, involved thousands of hours of fieldwork, and examined the nature of fundamentalist movements, their institutions, and their relation to governmental policies. The study revealed similarities among fundamentalist movements, even across religious traditions, and the distinct cultural, social and political contexts in which various movements emerged. This initiative resulted in five encyclopedic scholarly volumes, published as a series; a series of documentary film and radio programs, aired on PBS and NPR, and produced in collaboration with the BBC; a companion book to the television and radio series; and three additional books. The information and analysis produced by this study continue to inform the public agenda as the United States struggles to deal with the impact of religious fundamentalism on international security in the 21st century.

PROJECT DATE: 1987-1995
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS: Martin E. Marty (University of Chicago) and R. Scott Appleby (University of Notre Dame)
“Fundamentalisms Observed,” eds. Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991. Vol. 1 of series. Winner of the 1991 American Association of Publishers Award for Best Book in Philosophy and Religion.

“Fundamentalisms and Society: Reclaiming the Sciences, the Family, and Education,” eds. Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993. Vol. 2 of series.

“Fundamentalisms and the State: Remaking Polities, Economies, and Militance,” eds. Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993. Vol. 3 of series.

“Accounting for Fundamentalisms: The Dynamic Character of Movements,” eds. Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994. Vol. 4 of series.

“Fundamentalisms Comprehended,” eds. Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995. Vol. 5 of series.
Entire series available from publisher

“Islamic Fundamentalisms and the Gulf Crisis,” ed. James Piscatori. Cambridge: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1991. (out of print)

“The Glory and the Power: The Fundamentalist Challenge to the Modern World,” by Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby. Boston: Beacon Press, 1992. This book was a companion to a PBS television and NPR radio series developed in connection with the Fundamentalism Project. (out of print)

“Spokesmen for the Despised: Fundamentalist Leaders of the Middle East,” ed. R Scott Appleby. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. Available from publisher

“Strong Religion: The Rise of Fundamentalisms around the World,” by Gabriel A. Almond, R. Scott Appleby, and Emmanuel Sivan. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2003. Available from publisher.

SOURCE OF FUNDING: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Join the discussion tonight and please -- STAY TUNED!



Walt said...

Will it be surprising to find out the Project's conclusions are FUNDAMENTALLY flawed?


Fred Scharf said...

Shouldn't anthropologists be doing this? Tsk, tsk. Modernists just never do manage to get anything right.

Anonymous said...

This is off topic but relevant to the projected timeline of things to come

There are 4 blood red moons and 2 solar eclipses occuring in 2014-2015 all falling on Biblical Holy Days.

"And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood" (Rev. 6:12).
Also Acts 2:20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
and Isa 13:9-11

Verify with Nasa

Also on July 22nd it will be the 2nd of a three year annual solar eclipse that all occur on Av 1 on the Biblical Calendar.

Shalom TV is still featuring commentary about the Obama Cairo speech. The oft heard three word phrase is "peace and security" - for that Jews are ready for a two state solution, to split Jerusalem and allow the Palistinian flag to fly over the dome. The Israeli ambassador to the UN said "Obama is a friend to Israel" and we are ready to make some concessions in exchange for "peace and security".

An agreement signed on the 9th of Ab perhaps?

Also, Wyatt Archeological Museum
is waiting for the permits to begin digging for The Ark in Israel. They already have found Noah's Ark (declared to be and a national park by the country of Turkey)

Brimstone from the Plains.

Chariots and horses hooves found at the bottom of the Red Sea near a gently sloping underwater land bridge, Solomon's column (now moved) describing and marking the place of the crossing.
Check it out on Google earth

If you get to Tennesee check out the museum - they are closed on The Sabbath.

The truth is coming out.

Shalom & Barachot

paul said...

Regarding the Fundamentalist Project, one would think that the word "Militant" would leave everyone here out, wouldn't it ?

Walt said...

I resemble that remark!


Anonymous said...

Many militant fundamentalists have soft hearts under their Big Box exteriors. For instance, John Hagee thinks a crazy person who commits suicide can be forgiven. Soft heart there, John! But I surely agree! I am not a militant either.


Anonymous said...

OK -
Joe Biden: ‘We Have to Go Spend Money to Keep From Going Bankrupt’
Thursday, July 16, 2009

To even comment on that remark - would just kill the joke -


Anonymous said...

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s surprising opening remarks during her speech to the Council on Foreign Relations(according to the official transcript):

“I am delighted to be here in these new headquarters. I have been often to, I guess, the mother ship in New York City, but it’s good to have an outpost of the Council right here down the street from the State Department.”

“We get a lot of advice from the Council, so this will mean I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future.”

DavidinB.C. said...

Spend to keep from going bankrupt. Uhh...What! That's not even logical. I don't believe our current health care system is going to bankrupt us. It can't be true. Nothing but a scare tactic. Besides, I thought our current economic mess began with a mortgage crisis. I'm sure there'll be some screwy government sponsored health care on the way. It won't fix health care, though.

Anonymous said...

Is this a new trend?

From WSAW 7 - Wausau, WI (07/17/09)

Wausau Cops Enlist “Emergency Police” Volunteers

Area law enforcement usually can handle the toughest situations they face.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t times that they need a little more help.

The Emergency Police helps assist the Wausau Police Department during times that require more personnel.

Dwayne Dachel, a Patrol Captain with the Wausau Police Department says such duties include traffic control for parade routes and crowd control for special events like the fair.

They also assist police by protecting big crime scenes.

“Anything we need a lot of assistance for, we don’t have the officers, we don’t have the capability, ” said Dachel. “[They] All volunteer, they don’t get paid anything but they put in a tremendous amount of hours.”

If you would like to become an emergency police officer. You can can pick up an application at the Wausau Police Department front desk.

Walt said...

To Doug in Michigan 3:33pm. post
I think my wife taught Biden that!


Anonymous said...

The Esalen Institute has convened a series of conferences on various "fundamentalist" movements. You read their papers here:

R. Scott Appleby has been involved. This is hardly a dispassionate look at "fundamentalist" religions when it's being studied by the likes of the Esalen Institute.

Anonymous said...

there was a post not that long ago at FP that directed everyone to read a website "Fundies say the darndest things" or something like that. Anyone just might find some of their own posts as they are trolling the web, cutting and pasting into a big forum. There is a search feature.

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