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> I propose a definition.
> A "fundamentalist" in the perjorative sense is someone who professes to act in accordance with principles or beliefs that she says are of the utmost importance to her, compelling or informing major life decisions, where: (i) those principles or beliefs are not subject to proof or falsification by currently available means; and (ii) the person employing the perjorative disagrees with either the principles or beliefs at issue, the decisions based upon them, or, most frequently, both.
This is another of those terms which cannot really be understood by
checking the dictionary or depending on one's own sense of the meaning
of the word. It has a very complex history. The first thing to note is
that it is a 20th century movement, orginating in the United States in
the first two decades of the century. (In other words, it would be
inaccurate to use the term in reference to Augustine, Calvin, Luther,
etc.) To get a provisional sense of its complexity, see