There is no such thing as ‘religion’.

February 2, 2011

Now reading “The Ethics of Identity”. Appiah quotes Peter Railton in the Preface.

“broad historical trends have pushed the development of generalization in moral thought. … Religious tolerance, for example, requires that we see the views of others as religions, rather than mere heresies.”

Indeed. Unfortunately, this misleads simpletons like Tony Blair to reify the notion of ‘religion’, imagining it is one ‘thing’, the essence of which is ‘compassion’, an absurd opinion to anyone with a basic grasp of history.

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