Are Many More Religions Than Many of Us Thought Fundamentalist? Look No Further Than Dictionaries

Alysha V. Scarlett
3 min readApr 12, 2024

Several years ago, I was on a therapist’s website. There, I saw the word “fundamentalist” used. And it was used to described what normally are considered to be right-leaning religions.

I thought that was too radical.

Emphasis on the word “thought.”

Nearly five years later, a certain word on that website came back to me.

I then consulted dictionaries.

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Here are the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definitions of “fundamentalism”:

  • “A movement in 20th century Protestantism emphasizing the literally interpreted Bible as fundamental to Christian life and teaching”
  • “The beliefs of this movement”
  • “Adherence to such beliefs”
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Alysha V. Scarlett

Alysha's won 13 writing awards. Formerly of B/R, Screen Rant, Patch. Author, “Re-finding Yourself in the Age of Trump.” “Big-city cousin.” --rural, rival paper