I Believe You’re Wrong: The Trouble with Tolerance | (A)theologies | Religion Dispatches

I Believe You’re Wrong: The Trouble with Tolerance | (A)theologies | Religion Dispatches.

Well, this helps me this morning, especially resonating is this bit about an example through Roger Williams, a 17th century dissenter:

In England, Williams had seen men imprisoned and tortured for their religious beliefs—beliefs Williams himself thought to be wrong. However, astoundingly for his time, he concluded both as a matter of faith and political order that all his opponents should be free by law to choose their way to “hell.” He could do no more than work to persuade them of the dangerous paths they were on and point toward the light that he hoped was to return. Punishing, silencing, ignoring, or exiling were out of the question.

Williams understood that we flourish when we engage—not when we persecute or disrespectfully tolerate. Williams famously claimed that coercion in religion on a good day makes for hypocrisy and, on a bad day, rivers of blood. However, he understood that we can only live together in respectful disagreement if we feel free to advocate and defend our beliefs through sincere persuasion.

Thanks to James McGrath for the link on Twitter.

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