Religion, tolerance, and intolerance: Views from across the disciplines

Russell Powell, Stephen Clarke

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This chapter examines the causal relationship between religion and tolerance. Is religion a cause of tolerance, is it a cause of intolerance, or do some aspects of religion cause tolerance while others cause intolerance? The chapter begins by looking briefly at the concept of tolerance, and at the historical emergence of the political ideal of religious tolerance. It then examines work in psychology where the causal relationship between religion and tolerance has long been a focal point of research efforts. It concludes by briefly discussing emerging work in the anthropology of religion that is relevant to the issue of religious tolerance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligion, intolerance, and conflict
Subtitle of host publicationA scientific and conceptual Investigation
EditorsSteve Clarke, Russell Powell, Julian Savulescu
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages36
ISBN (Electronic)9780191753077, 9780191662614
ISBN (Print)9780199640911
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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