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Toleration and Understanding in Locke$
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Nicholas Jolley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198791706

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198791706.001.0001

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The Way to Heaven

The Way to Heaven

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Toleration and Understanding in Locke

Nicholas Jolley

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the issue of consistency between Locke’s Epistola de Tolerantia and his late theological work, The Reasonableness of Christianity: by virtue of its commitment to creedal minimalism the latter work appears to support a policy of religious comprehension rather than toleration. It is argued that there is no serious inconsistency between these two works. Although in The Reasonableness Locke may abandon one argument for religious toleration, he still has other arguments on which he can draw. Further, it is shown that comprehension and toleration are not mutually exclusive policies. Attention is paid to the similarity between Hobbes’ and Locke’s views about the minimal creed.

Keywords:   comprehension, creedal minimalism, faith, Hobbes, Messiah, repentance

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