Friday, January 7, 2011

Tolerance rejects knowledge?

I'm reading through Dallas Willard's "Personal Religion, Public Reality?" and came across this thought on the supposed relationship between tolerance and knowledge. The context of the excerpt is that in the Western world today, people seem to want to deny that religion and morals can be arenas of knowledge. And here it is:

"If we can just treat religion and morals as areas in which there is no knowledge, the proposal is, we will have pulled the rug out from dogmatism, intolerance and persecution. They will then disappear. Well, one can only say that that is a pretty shallow analysis of the problem of intolerance. Intolerant people often claim 'absolute' knowledge, but that does not mean you can get rid of intolerance by disallowing knowledge."

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