Religion and Intolerance: A Critical Commentary

John Perry, Nigel Biggar

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We respond to a collection of essays by scientists and other scholars who argue that religion is inherently intolerant or causes intolerance. We do so by advancing the following claims:
1. religion-as-such is not a helpful explanatory category;
2. intolerance is sometimes good;
3. compromise is sometimes bad;
4. war can be just;
5. prejudice is not peculiar to religious believers; and
6. public and religious reasons are not easily distinguished.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntolerance and Conflict
Subtitle of host publicationA Scientific and Conceptual Investigation
EditorsSteve Clarke, Russell Powell, Julian Savulescu
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-0199640911
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • religion
  • violence
  • intolerance
  • atheism
  • Dawkins


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