A Letter concerning Toleration

John Perry

in The Pretenses of Loyalty

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756544
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897407 | DOI:
A Letter concerning Toleration

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This chapter provides a new reading of Locke's Letter concerning Toleration in light of the preceding chapter's study of his earlier opposition to toleration. Though he initially believed toleration was a threat to peace, he came to believe that toleration could in fact secure peace but only if most believers could first be convinced on theological grounds that supporting a policy of governmental neutrality did not itself violate loyalty to God or neighbor. Having offered a new account of Christian political theology to harmonize loyalty to God and toleration in this way, Locke was then, but only then, to advocate a policy of abstract respect.

Keywords: Locke; Letter concerning Toleration; ecclesiology; governmental neutrality; toleration; theology; Limborch; rights

Chapter.  12263 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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