Successful fundamentalist revivals follow a predictable 6 step progression:
- Fundamentalism starts with a claim to orthodoxy perceiving itself to be the recipient of and protector of the True Faith.
- A modern faith emerges which is adjusting to a changing condition and Fundamentalism reacts against this.
- Fundamentalism then selects sacred texts which support its beliefs, but rejects other texts which contradict its ideology narrowing the idealogical landscape
- Fundamentalism attacks academic liberty, arguing for discussion only within a narrowly defined parameter.
- Fundamentalism then moves on to a simplistic view tending to define issues in the conflict in terms of light and darkness, good and evil, heaven and hell – leaving little room for paradox, inconsistency, parable, allegory or metaphor.
- Finally if the revolt is successful fundamentalism establish an orthodoxy of absolutism and certainty.