Need some help and clarity from you guys/girls
Hey everyone, this is ClubHollis trying to find some clarity on religious issues. Y'all probably won't believe me, and my geographical location probably is no excuse but let me please explain. I'm from the smallest state in the country (USA) RI nestled in southern New England, though i'm fairly well traveled, i never in my life have met a professed fundalmentalist. I have never seen a fundalmentalist church or seen people who subscribed to being one. I've never even met anybody in person who has had experiences with them. When i say that i never met one, i'm not saying that for a definite fact that never have i come across one, if i have they've never mentioned it. Maybe it's a RI thing because it's not even something that could command any respect, if someone mentioned the word fundamentalist there would probably be a snicker and rolling of eyes like something that's "out there" in the midwest "somewhere".
However these fundalmentals people speak of seem notriously difficult to reason with, some type of zealots in general. Here's what i don't understand about fundalmenalist and why in theory it's so difficult to dislodge their irrationality, i think a debate with a fundalmentalist would be much better because we would be on the same page so to speak and be talking about the same god, and the same bible. Here's where the crux of my question is leading to.
In the area i grew up there seems to be some kind of really vague cristianity that i can't seem to penetrate. I don't know if it were ROOK or who, but someone coined the expression quite elegantly as a cafetaria christian. I admit that i haven't read the bible word for word, i've only read the christisms, due to laziness and a lack of interest. I've picked it up and read parts after i've read critisms and checked the bible in my parents house because i don't accept anything uncritically, and the quotations were there plain, for anybody who wants to take 2 minutes to investigate, within the proper context of course. I'm sorry i'm rambiling. Basically is there a some resources, a post in one of these forums, book, website article, or journal that states what this kind of christianity is. I'm honestly very ignorant as to what many christians actually believe because it doesn't seem to be the bible, at least not in the literal sense. It's endlessly frustrating to careful, when christians are ignorant to their own religion, and when i point out all the distasteful and reprehensible precepts and stories, they simply claim not to believe that. Then i press them further by saying "ok so why not just scrap the whole thing?" and then they say they don't go by the bible per ce, it's a vague kind of play it by day run and gun christianity. I don't understand at all, if the bible isn't their revelation than what is? are their any effective strategies to dealing with cafetaria christians? these are the only ones i have known, including my parents, any help would be appreciated.
Just use your head.