512 Book Reviews / Journal of Religion in Europe 4 (2011) 501–515 Jacob Neusner & Bruce Chilton (eds.), Religious Tolerance in World Religions (West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Foundation Press, 2008), 396 pp., ISBN 978-1-59947-136-5, $39.95 Th e term ‘tolerance’ has fallen on tough times. People who prefer intolerance, policies of ‘zero tolerance,’ or claim not to tolerate the intolerant or the intolerable are only partly responsible. Th ey share culpability with those who call for moving Beyond Tolerance (as Gustav Niebuhr and others have titled several recent books) to deeper and fuller attitudes of acceptance, aﬃ rmation, respect, and celebration of all myriad, manner, and variety of diversity. Yet some religious and nonreligious people balk at what they see as indiscrimi- nate approbation of ideas, activities, or worship they deem false or improper. It may be diﬃ cult, if not impossible, to celebrate features of faiths or ideologies that perceptibly contradict or oppose one’s own. When communities have experi- enced decades, centuries, or millennia of discord, ambivalent or tolerant coexist- ence could be “as good as it gets,” at least for a time. Where aﬃ rmation is impracticable, toleration and coexistence for adherents of diﬀ ering or conﬂ
Journal of Religion in Europe – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
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