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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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Individual Religion, Tolerance, and Universal Compassion

Individual Religion, Tolerance, and Universal Compassion

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(p.88) 5 Individual Religion, Tolerance, and Universal Compassion
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Religion, Intolerance, and Conflict
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C. Daniel Batson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640911.003.0005

This chapter examines recent work on the relationship between religion and intolerance towards out-groups. It looks at the various dimensions of religiosity and considers whether or not particular prejudices are proscribed by the religions that research subjects adhere to. It argues that while extrinsic religion is associated with proscribed prejudice, intrinsic religion is not — but the latter is nevertheless associated with prejudices that are not proscribed by one's religion. In contrast, the quest orientation towards religion is not associated with either proscribed or non-proscribed prejudices and is associated with increased tolerance.

Keywords:   intolerance, out-groups, religiosity, prejudice, extrinsic religion, intrinsic religion, tolerance

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