Analysis Of John Locke: Examining Toleration
Some of Locke’s views in his letter came during a time where reminders of religious wars with heavy casualties in Europe ensued, influencing his views on whether or not those who agree to live together must all share the same personal beliefs. Locke questioned whether using or enforcing religious affiliation mattered in accounting for a thriving society and nation. Under these beliefs and many others Locke establishes his point that the government should not inspect or concern itself with the personal or moral beliefs of citizens when those beliefs do not negatively impact the government. Locke’s position on the issue is that he believes man’s salvation for what they believe brings them closer to god and happiness isn’t for the state to decide and determine that it is the Christian faith. Locke points out that the church and its activities pertaining to religious practices is a voluntary thing that a person can choose to participate in. However, making the church and its practices, beliefs, and way of life the way of life through which the government re-enforces the case does not ideally lead man towards salvation in anyway, but more so show that those who have religious affiliations and power abuse their power in hypocritical ways that do not ideally even represent the Christian faith.