by Fr. Eliseo 'Jun' Mercado, OMI
“Fundamentalism” in religion, ideology and ethnicity and political policies that perpetuate injustices and inequity, perceived or real, are seen as the seedbeds of “terrorism” that have held the world hostage since September 11, 2001. No doubt, the surge of fundamentalism and the present paranoia over terrorism contribute to the urgency of religious and cultural dialogue. The manifestations of fundamentalism have not only shown intolerance, but also have made dialogue very difficult. For one, the narrow, inflexible and exclusive worldview of fundamentalism admits no compromise or dialogue.
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