Convert, or else!
Anyway, I read on religioustolerance.org that the difference between fundamentalists and other xtians is the issue of inerrancy. Fundies believe the bible is an error-free document, end of story. That's theory.
Reality of course is never black and white. From the five fundies I believe I have come across in the past two months, I have yet to hear one person attempt to defend the bible as a completely error-free document. Maybe there are people like this, either not blogging or just outside my sample.
Instead, the ones I've interacted with seem to explain that one needs to interpret the bible as a whole, and as a teeny tiny ancillary point, their interpretation just happens to be the correct one. I also get the feeling that the "personal relationship" part is the code phrase for "we aren't the child molesting Catholics", but I could be wrong on that one too.
More interesting is the fact that three of the five have said, to atheists as a group or to me in particular, "if only I could make you believe...". The first time, a slip of the tongue. The third time? Pattern. (It's been the same words each time, too, spooky, huh?)
This phrase "I want to make you" is really scary. I'm glad my children aren't near people like that, and I feel bad for any kids whose parents feel this way. I nurture my children because I value confidence, capability, compassion, independence, and free thought. Obedience, ie this "I know better than you" paradigm is repulsive to me. I cannot believe it is said accidentally.