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Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume 28, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2008

Joyce S. Shin
Pages 3-23
DOI: 10.5840/jsce200828124

Accommodating the Other's Conscience
Saint Paul's Approach to Religious Tolerance

Religious tolerance is a sociopolitical necessity. Social and political pressures alone cannot be expected to nurture a genuine attitude of religious tolerance; in the West, secular and religious documents rely on the concept of conscience for this nurture. In this essay I ask what claims people make on each other as they attempt to live in accordance with what they believe to be true and good. To answer this question, I examine the Pauline concept of conscience and argue that Paul interpreted conscience through an ethic and theology of accommodation.

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