Defending Pluralism vs. Nurturing Solidarity? Speaking from Faith Without Destroying Society (Dr. Jonathan Chaplin)
Dr. Jonathan Chaplin, Fellow of Wesley House, Cambridge and a member of the Cambridge University Divinity Faculty.
Christians rightly argue for the legal protection of plural political visions and excessive regulatory bureaucratic constraints on both personal and institutional religious freedom. They do this pursuant to a theologically well-grounded commitment to religious toleration and a limited state. But how does this championing of pluralism relate to our equally compelling duty of solidarity with our fellow citizens, facing common human challenges and possibilities, needing cooperative action, and with whom we share the image of God? In an age when many claim religious grounds for extreme political positions, how can we defend religious pluralism without destroying society itself?
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