If you live in the United States, then you may be familiar with the concept of "Christian Fundamentalism" one way or another. You may have a relative who is a Christian Fundamentalist, or you may have heard about it in the news and headlines, most notably in science classrooms whenever the topic of evolution pops up. You may even have heard some of their arguments, which are often perceived as hateful or undemocratic or unpopular or just plain ignorant. Heck, you may even have met an itinerant preacher who comes to the university campus uninvited and unwanted, but preaches the most annoying messages every afternoon.
Personally, I feel that these types of people are quite amusing. It's like doing show business, and watchers are merely passersby who are waiting to be entertained by their dramatic gestures and obsessively religious ideas. A preacher may stand quietly with a poster board with philosophical questions written. Another preacher may try to debate and discuss with students and try to "convert" them. And, another preacher may be downright rude and insulting to women and *******uals, focusing obsessively on "***ual sins" and how you should be "saved" and believe in Jesus.
Now, if you want to make an argument to persuade other people to believe your ideas, then the best thing to do is not offend your audience, right? Well... apparently some of these guys (so far, I have only encountered white male preachers) just won't listen to the people's offense and criticisms, and continue rambling about how "great" Christianity is and how we shall all be damned eternally in hell unless we repent for our sins and receive God and Jesus.
In addition, if you want to make an argument to persuade other people to believe your ideas, then you should think of strong reasons for believing your ideas, right? Well, one example of a weak reason would be the following:
"I know how to prove that the Big Bang Theory is wrong."
This just baffles me. I am not sure how many scientists would sincerely believe that the Big Bang Theory is "correct" or "incorrect" on an absolute scale, which is what the statement implies. My professors would say that, if the evidence supports some theory, then the theory becomes more reliable and strong. They would never say that a theory is "incorrect" or "correct", or at least, not publicly.
"If you have done this, this, this, and this, then you are going to HELL! I am going to heaven, because I have repented! Repent, or go to HELL!"
Why can't these preachers actually mention EXACTLY WHAT we are supposed to be guilty or ashamed of? These preachers treat people like criminals. They just say "you have sinned, so you should repent", but rarely do they mention which sin we have done. If they do mention sins, they tend to be obsessively focused on ***ual sins, if not the sin of not honoring Jesus or God like them.
Who shares my opinion on Christian Fundamentalist preachers on college campuses? How do you deal with them?
I personally find that Christian Fundamentalist preachers on college campuses just plain insulting but in an amusing way, like an interesting spectacle. I have met mainstream Mormon (Latter-Day Saints) missionaries before, and the missionaries tend to be more polite and well-mannered and focus more on the belief in God rather than the absurdities of the Christian Fundamentalists. Then again, it may also be an age difference. The Christian Fundamentalists I've encountered are pretty old and have balding hair or white-grayish hair. The Mormon missionaries I've encountered are very young, around my age and education level, and have better social skills than the Fundamentalist Christians, simply because they do not offend.