Posted by shar on April 5, 2004, at 21:18:53
In reply to The Social Contract, posted by Dr. Bob on April 5, 2004, at 19:06:30
The quote is slightly reminiscent of Rodney King to me. In the 1700's, religious freedom was a different thing than in 2004. I don't have a big investment, but I think (ideally) we would have a common understanding of "tolerance" and "duties of citizenship." The duties, for example, may be quite different in some religions than others. Like maybe some want to stone people (such as wives) to death on the questionable (in today's world) grounds of adultery (ie, her husband's word and no corroboration). Without a definition, we can't really say what the 'duty of citizenship' is, even if a religion "tolerates" other faiths (that is, ignores it, or doesn't denigrate it).
Oh, those pesky details.
> Hi, everyone,
> I heard this interesting quote today and added it to the introduction to PB Faith. What do you think?
> > Tolerance should be given to all religions that tolerate others, so long as their dogmas contain nothing contrary to the duties of citizenship. But whoever dares to say: Outside the Church is no salvation, ought to be driven from the State.
> Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract, 1762