Fundamentalism, in any form, is dangerous. It signals a halt to evolution, to introspection and to the possibility of growth. It signifies that my personal philosophy or my holy book is the ultimate reality and any wisdom that is not familiar to me is ‘other’, confronting, and easily or necessarily dismissed.
If you are brought up in an environment that encourages biblical literalism, then, from my observations, there are two possible outcomes. The apologetics route, whereby people become very good at finding answers to impossible conundrums (yes, all animals could have been fitted on the Ark- they were embryos, apparently), or the realisation that the fact that there are several genesis stories or several ark stories means that the bible can’t be a scientific handbook, and so the basis of faith is rocked. Outcome; atheist/ agnostic.
It makes me sad that what could have be positive and life-affirming faith has been undermined by a fundamentalist upbringing. This is what happens when you ask someone to believe six impossible things before breakfast.
Tell you what, it’s a funny old world when I’m the one trying to persuade former believers to reconsider their stance. Very odd indeed.