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Godsdiensgelykwaardigheid, -uniekheid en -verdraagsaamheid ’n Prinsipiële besinning (2)

B. J. van der Walt
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 39, No 2 | a388 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v39i2.388 | © 1970 B. J. van der Walt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 July 2005 | Published:

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B. J. van der Walt, Skool vir Filosofie, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa

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Religious equality, uniqueness and tolerance. A principial reflection (2)
The previous article discussed three interrelated issues, viz. religious diversity, religious intolerance (and even violence) and the constitutional acknowledgement of religious freedom and its implications in practice. This article builds on insights gained in the previous article, but also tackles three other closely related new issues, viz. religious equality, religious uniqueness and religious tolerance. The main problems to be answered in this connection are the following: If religions are regarded as legally equal, does it also imply that every one of them can be regarded as of equal value or equally true? If Christians reject the principial equality of all religions, in what sense should Christianity be regarded as unique? What should be the ground(s) for and nature of religious tolerance in the light of the common phenomenon of religious intolerance, conflict and even violence?


Religious Equality; Religious Tolerance; Religious Uniqueness


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