By John Thiessen Elmer
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13 But in the here and now, we have to live with doctrinal plurality. “Disagreement about fundamental human issues is an inescapable fact of life under present conditions” (Mouw and Griffioen 1993, 106). em p i r i c a l c on s i d er at i o ns The claim that religious schools and colleges foster divisiveness is essentially an empirical claim. And as such, one would expect to find empirical verification to back up the charge being made. It would be quite reasonable to expect, further, that claims to the effect that statemaintained common schools do foster social cohesion would also be backed by empirical evidence.
But is Newman’s two-sided response all that is required in order to describe a person as religiously tolerant? I believe there is another more positive requirement built into it. Heyd captures this requirement well when he describes tolerance as requiring “a perceptual shift: from beliefs to the subject holding them, or from actions to their agent” (1996, 11). Tolerance requires that we distinguish between beliefs and the believer, and it allows us to evaluate the opinions and beliefs of another in abstraction from the subject holding them.
There is nothing logically inconsistent in believing in Truth with a capital “T” and accepting as a reality that at the temporal human level there will continue to be many truths. 13 But in the here and now, we have to live with doctrinal plurality. “Disagreement about fundamental human issues is an inescapable fact of life under present conditions” (Mouw and Griffioen 1993, 106). em p i r i c a l c on s i d er at i o ns The claim that religious schools and colleges foster divisiveness is essentially an empirical claim.
In Defence of Religious Schools and Colleges by John Thiessen Elmer