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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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The View from the East Pole: Buddhist and Confucian Tolerance

The View from the East Pole: Buddhist and Confucian Tolerance

(p.201) 11 The View from the East Pole: Buddhist and Confucian Tolerance
Religion, Intolerance, and Conflict

Owen Flanagan

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the question of why Buddhists and Confucians are more tolerant, less conflict prone, less war-like, etc., than Abrahamic peoples. It formulates a hypothesis for how the difference-maker may have to deal with God, or better, with beliefs about God's nature and modus operandi. The hypothesis is not that Buddhism and Confucianism are more rational, less superstitious than the Abrahamic religions. It is that Buddhism and Confucianism have theologies that differ from the Abrahamic ones in ways that make a difference. The chapter suggests that lack of belief in a punitive ‘know-it-all’ God explains why followers of Eastern religions are more tolerant than followers of Abrahamic religions.

Keywords:   Buddhism, Confucianism, Abrahamic religions, Buddhists, Confucians, religious tolerance, God

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