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Religion, Intolerance, and ConflictA Scientific and Conceptual Investigation$
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Steve Clarke, Russell Powell, and Julian Savulescu

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199640911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640911.001.0001

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Religious Disagreement and Religious Accommodation

Religious Disagreement and Religious Accommodation

(p.180) 10 Religious Disagreement and Religious Accommodation
Religion, Intolerance, and Conflict

C. A. J. Coady

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the issue of religious disagreement as a source of intolerance and civic danger. It challenges simplistic criticisms of religions due to some of the ‘New Atheists’. It clarifies the meaning of the term ‘religion’ and argues that religion is often unfairly blamed for violence and intolerant behaviour driven by other factors. Furthermore, it suggests that there is much violence and intolerance that is driven by purely secular ideologies. The chapter examines the interplay of religious and political ideas and institutions, showing how ideas of liberalism, freedom of conscience, and the separation of Church and State permeated mainstream Catholic thought in the twentieth century. The exclusion of religion from the public sphere is considered impractical and counterproductive, and a range of suggestions are developed to deal with religious disagreements and to promote compromise and tolerance.

Keywords:   religious disagreements, religious conflict, intolerance, civic danger, religion, violence, liberalism, freedom of conscience, secularism

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