August 19, 2004
Khaled Abou El Fadl , Richard J. Mouw and Yossi Klein Halevi —
The Power of Fundamentalism

Religious fundamentalism has reshaped our view of world events. In this show, host Krista Tippett explores the appeal of fundamentalism in Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, as experienced from the inside. Three accomplished men, who were religious extremists at one time in their lives, provide revealing insight into the spiritual and cultural dimensions of fundamentalism. They also discuss religious impulses which counter the fundamentalist world view and helped them break free.

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is professor of Law at UCLA, and author of Tolerant Islam.

Mouw is the president of Fuller Theological Seminary and a columnist for

Halevi writes for The Jerusalem Report, The New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times, and has authored two books.

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I think you did well describing the story of the Bible and how we fit into it. However, I look at the phsare my spirituality as relating to my attitudes and actions more than just my beliefs, though the beliefs are the foundation. In my own answer, I started with that foundation and then went from there.Perhaps the question could be better phsared: How are you spiritual?

just a question, are you then referring to "spirituality" encompassing both works and beliefs?

I thought it was an interesting thought when he mentioned that "philosophy is from the devil". I never actually considered the destruction and impact of philosophy.