I know many people who would consider themselves biblical based christians. (the term fundamentalist is almost never used in regard to such christians in australia although technically it is accurate in that they hold to the fundamental truths of the bible.)
They believe in creation and a real interventionist god. I admit none of them are americans but none go any where near the image portrayed in the OP. I suspect thats because it is so sterotypical it doesnt exist in real life.
They are loving, caring, giving, kind, and friendly, people.
They dont necessarily care what other people believe although they might feel mildly sorry for nonbelievers.
They dont believe in evolution but dont feel insulted by those who say they are descended from primates, just think them a bit funny to hold such an odd idea .
They dont laugh at anyones beliefs, although they might, again, feel sad for people who have no belief in anything.
They love people and are peaceful folk, and so they get upset at any deaths/killings, especially the young and innocent, and particularly the youngest and most innocent, the unborn.
They chose a belief based life, based on spiritual wisdoms. They acknolwedge the beliefs and wisdoms of all spiritual based life, even if they dont always agree with the particulars of difernt beliefs.
They believe the earth is 6000 years old. Scientific ideas come second to belief, because belief is more integral to their existence. It doent really matter to a spiritual based person how old the earth is, but ones happiness and spiritual well being is essential. They have very different basic priorities about life.
The biblically based christians i know, realise the bible says that at our death we go to sleep. We are awakened on the judgement days. Some will die a second death of body and soul, some will have eternal life. None will go to hell for eternity. That is Not bibilical.
They are logical enough not to confuse material evidences and spiritual evidences, or compare chalk and cheese.
For them, god always answers their prayers. That is 100% success rate. Because they have faith in god, they accept that those answers can come in differnt forms.
They have actually read the bible dozens of times. Many study it for an hour or two every, day both formally and informally. Taking notes, cross referencing different versions, checking concordances, maps and dictionaries . They question and seek answers to pieces they dont understand. Some have been doing this for many decades. I suspect they know more about the bible and its intricacies, languages, symbologies, social contexts, and writers, etc., than almost all atheists. Many have online capabilities to check different languages and interpretations of the bible.
They meet in groups, take online lessons, and study by themselves. Many make comparative studies of religions and have a good working knowledge, not just of many forms of christianity, but of all the world's religions, because faith, spirituality and religion, is a passion for them, like stamp collecting.
Like me, most of them wouldn't recognise the sterotype presented in the OP.
Edited by Mr Walker, 12 April 2012 - 12:09 PM.