The Links between Religion and Intolerance

Philosophy and Theology, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 91-132, 2011

42 Pages Posted: 25 May 2011 Last revised: 16 Sep 2012

Yossi Nehushtan

Keele University - School of Law

Date Written: May 13, 2011

Abstract

This paper explores two main arguments. The first argument is that religious persons - because they are religious persons - are likely to be more intolerant than non-religious persons. This argument is supported by decisive empirical evidence. The second argument is that there are meaningful, clear and unique theoretical links between religion, or, more precisely, certain types of religion, and intolerance. It is submitted that the special links between religion and intolerance are the result of seven characteristics of religion which are specified in the paper. Both arguments should encourage us to re-evaluate the proper place that religion should have in the legal and political sphere.

Keywords: religion, tolerance, intolerance

Suggested Citation

Nehushtan, Yossi, The Links between Religion and Intolerance (May 13, 2011). Philosophy and Theology, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 91-132, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1840579

Yossi Nehushtan (Contact Author)

Keele University - School of Law ( email )

Keele, Staffordshire ST5 5BG
United Kingdom

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