The A.D. Times, Thursday, March 9, 2006
Article by Dr. Rodney Howsare (with photo), assistant professor of philosophy and theology at DeSales, on the 40th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the second Vatican Council's declaration on the "non-Christian religions." Dr. Howsare cites John Locke's famous "Letter Concerning Toleration" of 1689, in which Locke recommends tolerance of religious diversity on the part of the state. According to Dr. Howsare, the significance of Nostra Aetate, 40 years later, lies precisely in its ability to affirm "tolerance" without subscribing to Locke's understanding of religion. It teaches that Catholics can affirm all that is true, good and holy in the great religions because it demands honor and respect, and forbids any unfair misrepresentation of other religions in its own teaching. Also, it encourages admiration of aspects of religions with
which the Catholic agrees, and "where there are differences, it honors the devotion lying behind the belief."
Note: Also to appear in Hakol, Jewish newspaper of the Lehigh Valley.
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