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By Greg Forster

The purpose of this hugely unique publication is twofold: to give an explanation for the reconciliation of faith and politics within the paintings of John Locke and to discover the relevance of that reconciliation for politics in our personal time.Confronted with deep social divisions over final ideals, Locke sought to unite society in one liberal group. cause may perhaps determine divine ethical legislation that will be appropriate to participants of all cultural teams, thereby justifying the authority of presidency. Greg Forster demonstrates that Locke's idea is liberal and rational but additionally ethical and non secular, offering a substitute for the 2 extremes of non secular fanaticism and ethical relativism.This clean new account of Locke's idea will entice experts and complicated scholars throughout philosophy, political technological know-how, and spiritual stories.

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In a letter, Locke expressed astonishment that members of radically different Protestant denominations, and even Protestants and Catholics, could John Locke and Moral Consensus 27 worship in separate churches on Sunday morning and then, upon stepping out of their church doorways, mix freely and easily together as fellow citizens and neighbors. ”44 In his works, Locke suggests the possibility of an ecumenical religious philosophy of liberalism. This approach builds politics on the premise that the political freedom and equality of mankind is divinely ordained – that it is the will of a divine power that all human beings be treated politically as free and equal.

Neither of these pictures sufficiently captures the complexity of the relationship between Christianity and Locke’s political theory. While Locke’s politics are unambiguously founded on God and God’s law, the specific religion of Christianity plays a more nuanced role. Locke’s primary concern is to persuade an overwhelmingly Christian audience, so throughout his political works when he presents arguments John Locke and Moral Consensus 37 drawn from human nature he seeks to confirm them with arguments drawn from scripture.

Locke does not think that atheists have no rights at all; quite the contrary, he thinks that all people, atheists included, have the same human rights because they are all, atheists included, created by God. But these rights do not include the right to say things that are inherently dangerous to civil order, of which atheism is, for Locke, only one example among many. We may now believe that society can tolerate atheism and still survive, but that does not call into question Locke’s general theory of toleration so long as we still believe, as Locke did, that toleration does not extend to speech that undermines civil order at its roots.

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