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Consequence Of Religious Tolerance/Intolerance Essay

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Consequence of Religious Tolerance/Intolerance
This paper will first define several words related to the title, expose some consequences of religious intolerance, and finally explain how religion connects with our culture. Our team discovered while looking at different religions that there were many religions than what we will define here. It is certain that a discussion about religion will at some point bring up the subject matter of there being so many different religions, and do they have any common components. Our group agreed that although that are many differences, there are some similarities, impacting four basic areas, such as : what people believe, what people do, what ...view middle of the document...

Christians have an obligation to be sure not to offend anyone including those of other religions or even members of a cult. Author Gary Phillips writes that “the object of today's dialogue is "no longer a search for any kind of normative truth, but an exercise in social healing for marginalized groups.” His redefinition of tolerance could have a serious effect on Christian witness. He goes on to say, that “it is one thing to restrain religious activities in church-state conflicts, but something else altogether when cultural pressures stifle the practice of religious beliefs.”
Webster defines Religious intolerance is as refusing to acknowledge and support the right of individuals to have their own beliefs and related legitimate practices. Also, the unwillingness to have one’s own beliefs and related practices critically evaluated. (Apologetics Index, 1996-2003). In an article titled “Patterns in Comparative Religions” author Michael Pye says, “the most important examples of widespread religions are Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.” He also says that “when we look at these religions closely we see that they are divided into many varieties.” David Barrett another author, editor of “World Christian Encyclopedia, based on census or public data, said, that “there are nineteen major world religions which are subdivided into a total of 270 large religious groups, and many smaller ones.” We surveyed our friends, upon feedback, 75% of them belonged to one of these major religions.
Webster’s dictionary definition of religion is the “personal commitment to and serving of God or a god with worship devotion, conduct in accordance with divine commands especially as found in accepted sacred writings or declared by authoritative teachers a way of life recognized as incumbent on true believers, and typically the relating of oneself to an organized body of believers. Britannica Encyclopedia defines religion as “consisting of a person’s relationship with God or gods or spirits. Worship is probably the most basic element of religion, but moral conduct, right belief, and participation in religious institutions are generally also consistent elements of the religious life as practiced by believers’ and worshipers and as command by religious life sages and scriptures.
Webster ‘defines Muslim as “a believer in the following of Islam. The word
Muslim means on who submits and implies complete submission to the will of god (Allah). Muslims believe that nature itself is Islamic, since it follows laws placed by god (Allah). Thus, a Muslim strives to submit to god (Allah). Since it follows natural laws placed by God. Thus, a Muslim strives to surrender to God’s commands every step of the way. The holiest book of the Muslims faith is the “Koran”. Muslims consider the Arabis Quran as the direct revelations of God; translations do exist to other languages but are not regarded as the literal word of God (Webster).
Buddhism is according to Webster Buddhism...

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