September 24, 2019

Should we tolerate the intolerance of religion?

Ethan Moore, 19

Religion is, for many, the fundamental guide to one’s life, so it’s undoubtedly important to critique the values that underpin these guides – especially when devotees claim their particular creed is the one, infallible, moral truth. In my essay, I have examined these theological foundations, and the acts of brutality they often inspire. The issue I have focused on primarily is the notion of eternal punishment for unbelievers, and how this belief encourages radicalism – no punishment is worse than infinite punishment, so it’s little surprise that many believers will go to extreme lengths to convert (‘save’) unbelievers. Furthermore, I have drawn attention to the basis of these values in ancient religious texts, and how warped attitudes often result from historical biases and hatreds – how, for example, a book that advocates the murder of homosexuals (Leviticus 20:13), is a dangerous basis for one’s values. Much of human history’s horrors have been committed in the name of gods, and countless have been, and continue to be, murdered for simply questioning religious beliefs and values – this is why I believe it is of the utmost importance to examine what underpins the violence of organised faith.

Should we tolerate the intolerance of religion?, 2019Writing