Religion and the Politics of Tolerance: How Christianity by Marie A. Eisenstein

By Marie A. Eisenstein

Not easy a frequent trust that non secular individuals are politically illiberal, Marie Ann Eisenstein bargains compelling proof on the contrary. during this superb and demanding ebook, she completely re-examines earlier reports and offers new learn to aid her argument that there's, in truth, a favorable correlation among non secular trust and perform and political tolerance within the usa. Eisenstein makes use of subtle new analytical instruments to think again previous information and gives persuasive new statistical facts to aid her declare that religiousness and political tolerance do, certainly, mixand that religiosity isn't the chance to liberal democracy that it is usually made out to be.

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But it went still further than that. Mill’s arguments for liberty and his writings on toleration were meant to be applied to social, as well as political and religious, aspects of life. It was so broad as to be all encompassing. In contrast to Locke who argued for toleration based on a theory of individual natural rights, Mill argued for toleration on purely utilitarian grounds. For twenty-first century America, Mill’s conception of toleration, arguably a masterpiece of liberal polemic, is the basis of the political tolerance that has become such an important virtue of liberal democracy.

4, all four religious traditions choose as “least-liked” the Ku Klux Klan more than half of the time. This is not surprising given the previous results. However, the secular group is dramatically more likely to choose this group as their least-liked. After that, atheists are the second largest target group. Evangelical protestants are particularly likely to choose atheists as their least-liked. 7 percent). It is also interesting to note that none in the secular group chose pro-choice people as their most-disliked group, and no evangelical protestants chose pro-life people as their most disliked group.

1993). They are: (1) No matter what a person’s political beliefs are, he is entitled to the same legal rights and protections as anyone else; (2) I believe in free speech for all no matter what their views might be. Both of the items measuring support for norms of democracy have little variability. 8 percent of all respondents agree or strongly agree with this item). The responses for these items are skewed toward high support for norms of democracy. This is not unusual or unexpected. Americans have consistently demonstrated considerable support of democratic norms when asked about them in the abstract (Protho & Grigg 1960; McClosky 1964; Sullivan et al.

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