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Tolerance as defined in the dictionary is a fair and permissive attitude toward those who race religion nationality etcetera differs from ones own In todays society we misuse the word tolerance In such examples as I am very tolerable of so-and-so So to emphasize the true meaning of tolerance society should look at the events that took place in history There has been no tolerance in races religions and other characteristics of human nature In AD313 the Roman emperor Constantine the Great decreed toleration of Christianity Twenty years later Constantine the Great set the pattern of religious censorship that was to be followed for centuries by ordering the burning of all books by the Greek theologian Arius After the emperor Theodosius made Christianity the established religion of the empire the Roman government and the church began to persecute both pagans and Christian heretics who deviated from orthodox doctrine or practice The pope was recognized as the final authority in church doctrine and government and the secular state used force to compel obedience to his decisions Books or sermons that were opposed to orthodox faith or morals were prohibited and their authors were punished Not until the end of the 18th century did the ideals of religious toleration become firmly established in Western civilization This toleration of Christianity ruled out the ability of people to be able to practice other religions However in 1636 Roger Williams purchased lands from the Narragansett tribe Together with a few companions he established the settlement of Providence and the colony of Rhode Island naming the settlement in gratitude for Gods merciful providence unto me in my distress The government of the colony was based upon complete religious toleration and upon separation of church and state Here Williams gave freedom of people to practice the religion of there choice Why in todays advanced society do we blame religions for acts of terrorism and begin discrimination against the religions The example being
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