What is antimodernism?
There’s a phrase in the religious studies community: “antimodernism” that can help us describe some of what goes on in the fundamentalists mind. Antimodernism can be defined as the rejection of modern technology, ideals, etc. for a “purer” historical or pre-historical way of life. Antimodernism doesn’t just describe religious fundamentalists, but the term does apply in many ways.
In my experience, Master’s Commission held many antimodernist ideals:
- The rejection of technology.
- The rejection of dating.
- The rejection of classical or “secular” education.
- The rejection of the women’s movement.
I’ll explain each of these further.
The rejection of technology occurs in many Master’s Commission groups. Just google “Master’s Commission rules.” You’ll get a return search of several MC groups Information Packets that include amongst their rules “no secular music, no rated R movies, limited cell phone and internet usage.”
In my own Master’s Commission experience, we weren’t allowed to watch rated R movies. Even PG-13 movies were criticized. Anything that had sex, violence, cussing, etc. or suggested the like was criticized and banned.
Secular music was forbidden. If you were caught with such music, or even Christian music that was too violent, or had a lot of “anger” in it, it was subject to being destroyed or burned.