Study Shows Growth in Fundamentalism

May 24, 2004

Source: The Age

On May 24, 2004 The Age reported, "Fundamentalist religion is here to stay, an interfaith conference of Christians, Jews and Muslims in Melbourne was told yesterday. Professor Des Cahill, head of intercultural studies at RMIT, told the Abraham Conference that a new Christianity was emerging that would be much more conservative. He said fundamentalism was 'religion's revenge against secularism,' a minority protest and rage at the threatened displacement of religion. 'We have entered a more religiously competitive world,' he said. 'The best strategy is to encourage moderates rather than retreat into aggressive secularism, as in France.' Professor Cahill is co-author of a major study of religious diversity in Australia for the Commonwealth Government, to be released next month."