John Bowlin (Princeton Theological Seminary): “Tolerance, Resentment, and Virtue”
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 at ***6:00pm***
We’re all supposed to admire tolerance, cultivate it in our children, and praise its exercise, and yet resentment toward tolerance abounds. No doubt, many of us consider its practices and attitudes indispensable aspects of a just response to the hard facts of pluralism, but dig a little deeper and one finds discontent, left and right, widespread and growing. This paper offers an explanation for this ambivalence, one that trades on the fact that tolerance is a virtue with semblances and imperfections that nevertheless generate its act.
John R. Bowlin is the Rimmer and Ruth de Vries Associate Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life at Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Society for Values in Higher Education, and has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Religious Ethics since 2003. His areas of specialization are Christian ethics, moral philosophy, social ethics and criticism, and the history of moral theology, and his courses cover ethics and the problem of evil, ethics and politics in Augustine, war and Christian conscience, and friendship, love, and justice. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and is the author of On Tolerance and Forbearance: Moral Inquiries Natural and Supernatural (forthcoming), and Contingency and Fortune in Aquinas’s Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 1999).
This lecture is free and open to the public.