Religion, Reverence and Tolerance

April 2019

The Religion, Reverence and Tolerance Workshop brought together scholars, journalists and policy makers seeking to identify the kinds of theological, historical, political, social, or perhaps even accidental factors which facilitate in some regions pluralism, tolerance, and reverence for other religions and belief systems. Their conversation encompassed a wide range of religions including evangelicals, Muslims, Catholics, Jews and Orthodox Christians in the United States, East, South and West Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, and beyond.

Each participant composed a memorandum based on their own research explaining the kinds of positive and negative roles played by governments, international players, public intellectuals, opposition groups and the media.  They also addressed changes in the nature of internal or international politics, theology, economy, public discourse, legal procedures and media coverage which may have accompanied any move towards tolerance.  Who were the winners and losers of any resulting tolerance and how reversible was the shift towards tolerance?  The writers explore whether there is a correlation between democracy and religious tolerance and whether communications such as interfaith dialogues have any significant impact on fostering tolerance or overcoming intolerance. These memorandums have been published in one major policy report by the Baker Institute for Public Policy and Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance and can be found below.

The Religion, Reverence and Tolerance Workshop was sponsored by the June B. and Bryan J. Zwan Endowment.