Analysis Of John Locke: Examining Toleration

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Examining John Locke’s, a “letter concerning toleration” on which he speaks about the creation of a “secular state” and separating church from state can be a plausible piece of text to further understand or explain the “nijab citizenship controversy”. Some of Locke’s key ideas for why the state and church should be separated, include his beliefs about the greater good of the commonwealth and how religious or personal beliefs men have, being that they do not negatively affect the government or others around them, should be acceptable in an established state (p1). Locke also speaks about man’s salvation and how one’s choices revolved around god and their happiness, along with their birth and what they know from the environment their born in, …show more content…
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.

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