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Title: Tolerance versus Freedom of Religion
Subtitle: The Importance of Amoral Arguments in the History of Tolerance
Author(s): LOOBUYCK, Patrick
Journal: Bijdragen
Volume: 71    Issue: 4   Date: 2010   
Pages: 358-376
DOI: 10.2143/BIJ.71.4.2064949

Abstract :
In this contribution we examine the various amoral types of reasoning that have long predominated in the history of tolerance. In doing this we also hope to show that these amoral notions of tolerance are always far removed from, and in conflict with, the idea of freedom of religion as a moral and political right. In conclusion we show that when the liberal notion of (religious) freedom as a personal and moral right predominates, then the notion of tolerance loses some of its meaning.