Christian terrorism (sometimes reffered as Militant Christianity)comprises of terrorist acts of violence, hatred and mass murder by groups or people who profess Christian views that are often extremist. Often without a doubt, anyone who is a Christian extremist will also be a Christian fundamentalist as well and can use his/her violent actions against others in the name of God, Jesus Christ, the New Testament, and the Book of Revelation.
Acts of Christian terrorism throughout history have been well known especially during the Crusades, Reformation, Gunpowder Plot (in which English Catholics attempted to assassinate King James I and bring back England under Catholicism), Ku Klux Klan, Ilaga (a Christian terrorist group in the Philippines), and the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda.
Also Christian terrorism can also be involved in anti-abortion violence as well.
Ever since September 11 attacks occurred many Christian extremist acts of terror has been made throughout the United States towards minorities such as the LGBT community, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, and atheists.
Within the United States, there are plenty of Christian extremist groups and individuals that are considered as terrorist organizations such as the most well known Westboro Baptist Church, The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (CSA), Defensive Action, Concerned Christians, Montana Freemen, and the Christian Patriot movement.
Christian fundamentalism began in the late 19th and early 20th centuries among British and American Protestants as a reaction to theological liberalism and cultural modernism. Fundamentalists argued that 19th-century modernist theologians had misinterpreted or rejected certain doctrines, especially biblical inerrancy, which they considered the fundamentals of the Christian faith. Fundamentalists are almost always described as having a literal interpretation of the Bible. A few scholars label Catholics who reject modern theology in favor of more traditional doctrines fundamentalists. Scholars debate how much the terms "evangelical" and "fundamentalist" are synonymous. In keeping with traditional Christian doctrines concerning biblical interpretation, the role of Jesus in the Bible, and the role of the church in society, fundamentalists usually believe in a core of Christian beliefs which include the historical accuracy of the Bible and all of the events which are recorded in it as well as the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Interpretations of Christian fundamentalism have changed over time. Fundamentalism as a movement manifested itself in various denominations which believed in various theologies, rather than a single denomination or a systematic theology. It became active in the 1910s after the release of The Fundamentals, a twelve-volume set of essays, apologetic and polemic, written by conservative Protestant theologians in an attempt to defend beliefs which they considered Protestant orthodoxy. The movement became more organized within U.S. Protestant churches in the 1920s, especially among Baptists and Presbyterians.
Many churches which embraced fundamentalism adopted a militant attitude with regard to their core beliefs and they also combined Princeton theology with Dispensationalism. Since 1930, many fundamentalist churches have been represented by the Independent Fundamental Churches of America (renamed IFCA International in 1996), which holds to biblical inerrancy.
People who are Christian terrorists
- Oliver Cromwell
- Eric Rudolph
- James Kopp
- Robert Doggart
- Fred Phelps
- Robert Lewis Dear
- Joseph Kony
- Larry Gene Ashbrook