VERSITY & RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE: Focus was on whether acceptance of & reflection on religious Diversity might lead to greater religious Tolerance. (1) Serious reflection will necessarily weaken individual justification for believing that his perspective is superior to others. (2) This weakened justification can lead to greater religious Tolerance- more accepting, less confrontational attitude towards others. Both claims challenged: Claim (1) a) An individual need not grant his competitors an equal epistemic footing & thus justified in maintaining his perspective superior w/o further reflection. b) There is no necessary connection b/w accepted diversity & weakening of individual justification Claim (2): a) Weakening of individual justification might make him intolerant as it may weaken the confidence in the very beliefs needed for Tolerance. b) It is possible to get the exact opposite of desired result. The individual might feel threatened & insecure, hence, indulge become more intolerant. B.Dalai Lama:
As encounters with religious "others" become normal, conflicts on doctrinal, cultural & ractical differences also increas He proposes interreligious harmony that appreciates the value of other faith traditions The 1st step in accomplishing this harmony is developing an understanding of other faith traditions and appreciating their inherent values. The answer to the question of religious tolerance partly depends on what we mean by "tolerance" & "intolerance". If "tolerance" is affirming that all traditions are equally true & "intolerance" is denying so, then any evaluation is intolerance. But if "tolerance" is recognizing & respecting beliefs & practices of others; then evaluation is not intolerance. To flourish together as religious human beings, we must take this seriously. We must advance in tolerance, learn about religious others-what they believe & why and how they practice their beliefs. This doesn't need an "everyone's right" attitude but "everyone's significant" attitude.