What is a Religious Fanatic?

We say that a person filled with excessive zeal, especially for an extreme religious cause, is a fanatic.

If you are always in religious garb, pining for your next moment to pray or supplicate, choosing your foods according to religiously approved dietary rules, avoiding music and dancing because it’s too worldly, pining for the day when the world bows before the dictates of your religion, or comes to a fiery end, then you are a fanatic.

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Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers.

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