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Towards understanding (religious) (in)tolerance in education

Ferdinand J. Potgieter, Johannes L. van der Walt, Charste C. Wolhuter
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 3 | a1977 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i3.1977 | © 2014 Ferdinand J. Potgieter, Johannes L. van der Walt, Charste C. Wolhuter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 April 2013 | Published: 26 February 2014

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Ferdinand J. Potgieter, Unit for Education and Human Rights in Diversity, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa
Johannes L. van der Walt, Unit for Education and Human Rights in Diversity, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa
Charste C. Wolhuter, Unit for Education and Human Rights in Diversity, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa


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Abstract

In recent years, schools and education authorities world wide have been paying increasing attention to issues surrounding diversity and religious (in)tolerance. The term ‘tolerance’ is, however, clouded by considerable confusion and vagueness. This article seeks to contribute to recent scholarly attempts at understanding (religious) tolerance and the term that denotes it. After a brief semantic analysis of the term ‘tolerance’, arguments concerning the onticity of tolerance as phenomenon or entity are discussed. By examining its onticity we explore and explain some of the essential features of tolerance. The article ends with a brief discussion of some of the implications of our examination that we foresee for (religion) education.

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tolerance; intolerance; education; religious; modus vivendi

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