Cultural Fundamentalism is like Religious Fundamentalism

In general, religious fundamentalism has three main features:
1) oversimplification
2) dogmatization
3) villainization
See my previous post on this topic: The Many Errors of Religious Fundamentalism.

But modern culture has evolved into a pseudo-religion. It is also a religion without God. And it is very much a fundamentalist religion.

The culture issues supposed dogmas, that is to say, supposedly infallible truths which are required beliefs. If you disagree with any of these pseudo-dogmas, you are treated like a heretic. You are ostracized and are considered to be guilty of a great offense, as if you had sinned gravely. But the “sins” against modern culture are not real sins, but acts that are treated as if they were sins.

If you are pro-life and therefore strongly opposed to abortion, you are treated as if there is something wrong with you. They claim that you must be against women’s rights. If you believe in traditional Christian teachings on sexual ethics, marriage, and family, and therefore reject the modern cultural dogmas on gay marriage, gender ideology, and various sexual acts (which are truly grave sins), you will also be treated badly. All manner of malicious slurs will be used against you online. Perhaps you will lose your job, if your employer finds out that you have not accepted the current set of cultural dogmas, which seem to be ever-changing. Or your business may be maligned and boycotted, with the attempt to drive you out of the marketplace.

The culture proposes ideas, which it claims are absolute truths, and anyone who disagrees is condemned unequivocally. There is no tolerance at all for different points of view, especially the traditional Christian view or the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church. It is as if a totalitarian government had taken over the nation (indeed, many nations), except that it is culture, not government.

What George Orwell imagines in his dystopia Nineteen Eighty-Four has come true, partially, except that it is the culture, not the government, that is trying to control what people think. And one of the methods of control, in that novel, is to control the language. That is exactly one of the methods that the culture uses to try to compel everyone to think the same. If you think different, you are treated as if you were a traitor to society.

As for government itself, modern-day democracies seem to be very compliant with these new cultural dogmas. The culture proclaims the alleged truth, and government quickly adjusts its laws and policies to comply. Is a democratic government of the people, by the people, and for the people? Then how did unthinking uncaring cultural forces take control of our governments? The culture is above the government in power, and the people are subject to both.

Of course, some people in every nation resist the false dogmas of the culture. But a large portion of the populace accepts whatever is taught, thereby giving the culture its power. It is as if they are members of a strange cult, with unprecedented popularity, despite is absurd and gravely harmful teachings. How did this happen? It is because the teachings of the culture support sin, and turn grave sins into rights. Therefore, sinners flock to this pseudo-religion, which anesthetizes the remains of their shredded conscience. And in this way, they have become slaves to sin and to the culture that protects and supports their sins.

This cultural pseudo-religion has the same three main features as religious fundamentalism:
1) oversimplification
2) dogmatization
3) villainization

1) Every issue, about which the culture proclaims a dogma, is vastly oversimplified. And if anyone proposes a more subtle and complex understanding of the issue, he is condemn or shouted down. Issues of marriage, sexuality, gender, and life are treated as if they can be reduced to a few words on a sign or a bumper sticker. And all arguments to the contrary are rejected out of hand.

2) Each decision of the culture on each issue is treated as if it were absolute infallible truth and required belief, in other words, a dogma. And dissenters from these fake dogmas are not only treated as if they had no freedom of speech, but as if they could be deprived of their freedom of thought. To even think in a way contrary to one of these dogmas is considered to be a great evil.

3) Yes, anyone who does not immediately accept each new definition of dogma issued by this pseudo-religion of culture is villainized to an extreme degree. And yet, if you bring up the topic of religious fundamentalism, anyone who is a true believer in this false religion will utterly reject said fundamentalism. They do not notice that they are essentially practicing a religion that lacks God, and that they themselves are fundamentalists.

Thank God we have the one true Church to guide us and teach us. Otherwise, the whole world might be lost to grave sins that are now reclassified as human rights.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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4 Responses to Cultural Fundamentalism is like Religious Fundamentalism

  1. Mike says:

    As a non-catholic I agree with your thought, but not the terminology. There are many Protestants cosnsidered as ‘fundamenralist’ and true believers in Christ. I would characterize the cultural religion your speaking of as globalism. This pervades all sense of governments everywhere with a version of morality contrary to all Christians not just Catholics alone.

  2. carmelitesite says:

    Hi I know this is a little off topic but what does pope francis say about Modrenism?

    I recognize pope francis As the true pope and recant my schsimatic actions

  3. Mark P. says:

    The dogma of scientism is becoming prevalent in secular Western society. The word “science” is often used, in culture and the media, as a way of saying “as opposed to religious superstition.” And, as Ron states, the term is oversimplified. Whereas science in schools has traditionally been taught as applying the observed laws of nature and physics to discovery and application to technology, it is now used as an overarching term to describe the origins of life, the universe, and the refutation of any religious superstition. And while as Catholics we should view “science” as a way of discovering the beauty of God’s Creation, secular society treats the subject as its own god.

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