by M.Martins on March 14, 2016 - 5:33pm
The definition of extremism, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary, is a “belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable.” I find this definition to be unclear due to its lack of elaboration. It provides no frame of reference as to what “most people” may consider “correct or reasonable”, thereby making the definition too general. For example, people of one religion may disagree with the belief of another religion. Therefore, in the case of religious extremism, its definition would be regarded as a belief that is extreme relative to the beliefs of those belonging to the same religion. Moreover, I find that more specificity is needed in order to deem the definition appropriate.