The fundamentalist is stuck with task of trying to reconcile the collective of post-modern human intellect with the ancient superstitions of the Iron and Bronze Ages, with the results of said reconciliation having to conclude that the writings of our ancestors remain construed as truth and the advances of our species in the fields of science, medicine and psychology always remaining as either false or highly suspect. This explains why aspects of our existence such as evolutionary theory and climate change are brushed off by the fundamentalist as somewhat of a conspiracy against their beliefs for the sole reason of discrediting their religion and killing their gods.
-Stefanelli, Al Free Thoughts – A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist
Most people believe that the Bronze and Iron Ages have come and gone, but, as Al Stefanelli said, the fundamentalists are still there. Astonishing longevity! Archaeologists and paleontologists need not dig into the arid lands of the Middle East to uncover evidence of these ‘lost’ civilizations. Rather, they need to interview the faithful attendees of fundamentalist Christian churches on Sunday morning. Just ask some questions of them to discover what life was like some 3500 years ago; they’ve got the information. It is like reviving a late-Bronze Age person like Ötzi the Iceman, frozen under the solid ice of the Alps. He lived at the same time as the authors of Genesis were penning the creation of the earth, animals, stars, water and humans. Like the Israelites, he was a tribesman, clothed in skins tied in sinew, carrying a copper axe, a flint-bladed knife and a quiver of 14 arrows. He wore a cloak made of woven grass.
What did Ötzi know of science? Technology? Not much, naturally, nor did the scribes to the southeast who were penning what would later be the first chapter of the Hebrew Bible. You get the idea.
The author goes on, calling all fundamentalists a danger to species: “They are viruses that have infected our species, and I see no reason to cease my broad-brushed punditry against them, their toxic beliefs and their dangerous doctrines.”
We know the dangers of Islamic extremists ‘over there, but what of the Christian extremists here in our country, in our own neighborhoods? Is anyone feeling uneasy about these ‘viruses?’