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French Friday: Why Fundamentalism is Growing

We often associate fundamentalism with strict religious beliefs and practices. But David French says fundamentalism isn’t really about what someone believes, but how they believe it. He talks to Skye Jethani about the three traits that mark every form of fundamentalism—including the non-religious variety: certainty, ferocity, and solidarity. They unpack the legitimate desires that draw people into fundamentalism, and what’s happening in American culture that may be driving more people to embrace the extremes of fundamentalism on both the right and left. Plus, they share the antidotes that can protect us from this trend.

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1:17 - Theme Song

1:34 - Characteristics of Fundamentalism

34:34 - Why Fundamentalism is Growing

48:34 - Free Speech and College Campuses

1:08:38- End Credits

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