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May 31, 2007

A New Kind of Fundamentalism

To the enlightened elite it is unthinkable to cede any limit to human understanding. If some poor fellow should suggest the incomprehensibility of the universe absent a “higher power,” he’ll quickly find himself banished from polite society, charged with committing the unpardonable sin of invoking the “God of the gaps.” Yet those who dismiss him as a glassy-eyed fundamentalist trapped in the “demon-haunted world” of religious superstition are drones of a fundamentalist movement all their own: materialism.

To read more about this new brand of fundamentalism and the quicksand upon which it is built, see my new BreakPoint article, “Breaking the Spell of Materialism.”

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I THOROUGHLY enjoyed your article. I've always said that though I was raised in a Christian family, my studies in math and science have only deepened by respect for God. The more I learn, the more I understand what a truly awesome universe God created.

I'm also happy to report that I've experienced a much more temperate climate, one where scientists and seekers do not suppose to be in an either-or dichotomy. I'm grateful for that.

Regis Nicoll

I'm glad you enjoyed the piece. I praise God that throughout my science education and 30-year career, He has helped me understand that science is not the lone portal to all knowledge, but a tool to help man manage and enrich creation while being awed by it's elegance, intricacy and design.

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