Why do fundamentalists often use the language of “returning” to “traditional values” in their ideologies and rituals?
Because the past is seen as purer and closer to God’s original intent than the present. Because traditional values can be associated with wise elders, prophets, and religious leaders known to be successful. Because traditions and the past are both symbols of a known and well-understood world, especially in the context of rapidly changing conditions of the present. (all the above)