Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments, and search options, etc. They facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.
Reading and Navigating Blogs
Our blogs are quite powerful. Each writer can post, as is typically the case. Sustainers who have the option can also post, however. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet - and always via the left menu of the top page - and can be found via searches, etc.
Commenting on blogs follows the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments including in the forum system. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content for everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.
For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.
One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place, as well. Thus, when doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.
One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.
One can look at blogs for particular Groups, too.
All this is easily done using the left menu. Searches allow even more variables and refinements.
Creating Blog Posts
If you are a Sustainer with permission, and are logged in, you will see a link in the left menu for you to post a blog - and you can use that to post one, and then tag it various ways (such as with a topic or place, or a group tag), and once you do, it is in the system with you as the author.
You can also use the console button to the left to post a blog - anytime and from anywhere in the site, as long as you are logged in.
Meanwhile, enjoy the blogs - and, by the way, if you are a Free Member or a Sustainer with a ZSpace page, of course you can put one or more content boxes on it, pulling blog links of any sort you may want to filter for, for example, by you or by your friends or by others - and by topic, about places, for groups, etc.
There are studies, often, asking people whether religious beliefs are "very important" to them, how often they attend religious services, etc. There are also interesting studies relating intensity of religious belief (by such measures) with economic development. It turns out that there is a very close correlation: the more developed the society, the lower the intensity of religious belief. The United States, alone in the studies I have seen, is completely off the chart, with far higher religious commitment than predicted by level of development. Canada is somewhat off the chart in the same direction. You can find some statistics and discussion in an important study by Walter Dean Burnham, a very well-known and respected political scientists, in Ferguson and Rogers, eds., Hidden Election.
As for "fundamentalism," if we are using the term in a narrow technical sense, then I suppose one could say that the US is perhaps the only fundamentalist country, since the concept was invented here, by American Protestants, about a century ago, to distinguish themselves from "liberal Protestants." All other uses are metaphoric, analogic, and highly subjective. That's true in the press, journals of opinion, and most of scholarship. It is often used to refer to extreme religious belief, sometimes to militant religious belief. In any event, there cannot be research into the question...
There could be research into specific beliefs: belief in creationism (in the US, about almost 50% -- about a quarter believe in evolution, and most of the rest are not sure or lean towards creationism), belief in the devil (in the US, 70%), etc. I don't know of comparative studies on this (which would require translation into other belief systems), but it's generally assumed that one would have to go very far from the industrial societies to find comparable results.