The article begins by noting that the idea of a "fundamentalist mindset" is implicit in the scholarship on fundamentalism, especially in the project led by Martin Marty some years ago. One important aspect of that mindset is the paranoia that lies imbedded within it. Paranoia is explored in some depth, including clinically, in order to clarify its general meanings and most of all its relation to violence. The article argues further that the very notion of the other in paranoid ideation is apocalyptic in form, which leads to a final section on the nature, history, and psychology of the apocalyptic.
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