April 17, 2014

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Is Tolerance a Christian Virtue?

There’s a New Yorker cartoon that shows a bearded, robed man standing on a mountain speaking to a crowd, saying, “If you believe in me, divide into sects, and kill and hurt as many from the other sects as you possibly can.”

The cartoon recalls that earlier lampooning of Christianity’s sometimes schismatic and hateful traditions performed by Monty Python’s film, “The Life of Brian,” in which Brian (a very reluctant pseudo-messiah) in the course of running from his disciples, loses a sandal and drops his gourd. His disciples promptly split into two opposing sects, one taking the sign of the sandal, the other taking the sign of the gourd.