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Old 17th May 2017, 05:56 PM
Brother Brother is offline
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Default Moderation vs. Fanaticism:

I found the following definition of "Moderation":

"The balanced use of what is naturally agreeable, whether to the body or spirit. It is the conscious control of one's desires in order to use some human power to the best advantage of oneself or someone else."

And, Fanaticism:

"Outlook or behavior especially as exhibited by excessive enthusiasm, unreasoning zeal, or wild and extravagant notions on some subject."

So we know that Moderation is "good" and Fanaticism is "bad".

But how can we know, or measure, when a person is becoming a religious "fanatic" ?, or how can we know if such person is starting to "cross the line" from a faithful Catholic to a religious "fanatic" ?

Here I'm not talking about the "extremists", those who dare to murder in the name of religion, but about persons who may be starting to show their religiosity perhaps more than needed. For example: A person who has sort of an "altar" in his or her bedroom, religious stamps and pictures around, under the pillow or bed, more than two or three on his/her car also, religious images in his/her workplace, may be also wearing a shirt with religious images. In the world that we live, wouldn't that separate us from people with other beliefs ? We are all called to evangelize, but wouldn't also be with prudence according with the circumstances that surround us?

What are your thoughts ?
John 3:27; John 15:5; Matthew 19:26
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Old 17th May 2017, 06:29 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Whether or not an act is moral depends on the three fonts of morality, not on the definition of moderation and fanaticism. I wouldn't evaluate the whole of a person's religious behavior based on that categorization.
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