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The Links between Religion and Intolerance

Nehushtan, Yossi



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.


Nehushtan, Y. (2011). The Links between Religion and Intolerance. Philosophy and Theology, 23(1), 91-132.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2011
Publication Date 2011
Deposit Date Jan 29, 2024
Journal Philosophy and Theology
Print ISSN 0890-2461
Electronic ISSN 2153-828X
Publisher Philosophy Documentation Center
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 1
Pages 91-132
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