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John Locke's A Letter Concerning Toleration

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Published in 1689, John Locke’s A Letter Concerning Toleration addresses religious toleration in England during the time period. Locke argues that religious intolerance is bad statecraft, and it is counterproductive to developing a civil society. To understand Locke’s arguments, one must first look at the context in which he is writing. Locke lived in exile in the Netherlands at the time of writing because of his views. During this period, England had an official religion, the Church of England, and dissenters, such as Quakers or Puritans, and the government prevented them from practicing their respective religions. In his letter, Locke argues that constituents should tolerate religions like these for a variety of reasons. Firstly, intolerance

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