Monotheism and Tolerance: Recovering a Religion of Reason


Monotheism and Tolerance: Recovering a Religion of Reason



Why are religious tolerance and pluralism so difficult to achieve? Why is the often violent fundamentalist backlash against them so potent? Robert Erlewine looks to a new religion of reason for answers to these questions. Drawing on Enlightenment writers Moses Mendelssohn, Immanuel Kant, and Hermann Cohen, who placed Christianity and Judaism in tension with tolerance and pluralism, Erlewine finds a way to break the impasse, soften hostilities, and establish equal relationships with the Other. Erlewine's recovery of a religion of reason stands in contrast both to secularist critics of religion who reject religion for the sake of reason and to contemporary religious conservatives who eschew reason for the sake of religion. Monotheism and Tolerance suggests a way to deal with the intractable problem of religiously motivated and justified violence.

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Publication Date

Winter 12-21-2009


Indiana University Press


Bloomington, IN


Religious tolerance, freedom of religion, philosophy of religion


Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion