Ism [Noun.]


An ideology, system of thought, or practice that can be described by a word ending in -ism.

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5 thoughts on “Ism [Noun.]

  1. Appreciate all the wonderful teachings on this site. Now, if you can explain, what would be the difference between “Christianity” and “Christianism” – if there is any difference. Thanks.

  2. Interesting. Is there a difference between Christianity and Christianism? I suppose one could argue that Christianism is the political wing of the faith.

    I am reminded of the difference between the confessing-of-a-faith and fundamentalism:

    ‘Before we go any further, the definition of a fundamentalist should be settled. Fortunately, it turns out to be quite a simple one; a fundamentalist is a person who does not just believe in something – be it simply a tedious political conviction, or a curious thought only relevant to the metaphysical realm – he believes that everyone else should believe exactly the same as himself, and in the knowledge that this eventuality is not likely to occur, this person is willing to act furiously and even violently in order to try to realise this against all the odds.

    Fundamentalists, of whatever denomination, do not necessarily hate the freedom of secular Western societies, they hate the fact the inhabitants of liberal societies do not believe what they believe, and do as they do, and think (if that is indeed the correct verb here) what they think.

    It was Henry Louis Mencken who so aptly phrased this very thought of sheer intolerance when he wrote “Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” – and of course, it is obvious that the term ‘Puritanism’ could easily be swapped with ‘Fundamentalism’ or similar epithets of equal hideousness.’ – Je Suis Charlie (January 8, 2015)

  3. “Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”
    — H. L. Menken —

    I just added it to my collection!

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