8th March 2021

“Religious fundamentalists play upon a range of themes that reflect people's aspirations in the context of the harsh realities of daily life. These include hope, justice, certainty, and the desire for freedom. These aspirational messages can be highly effective at drawing people into their movements. Religion is particularly suited to mobilizing around such concepts because its metaphysical nature does not necessarily promise that these aspirations will be met in this life; or at least, if the aspirations do not materialize, fundamentalists can lay the blame elsewhere: on 'God’s anger' or on a believer's inadequate faith.”

Cassandra Balchin