Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Fear of Annihilation

The past few days I have been reading ‘The Battle for God’ by Karen Armstrong. The last section has been about Jewish fundamentalism over the period 1960 - 74. The first thing that struck me was that fundamentalist movements in other religions are much more interesting and exotic. One of the influential movements was known as ‘Gahelet’ aka the glowing embers. Drawing on the idea of the religious remnant, the faithful that are exiled, the ones who are truly religious. This idea crops up in most forms of fundamentalism according to Karen Armstrong from the fear of annihilation.

The big idea of the Gahelet was that they wanted to set up a Kibbutz where the men would study the Torah all day, whilst the women did the farming and cooking. I’m not going to say anything!


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