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One of these things is not like the other

Dr Koyzis discusses the intolerance of supposedly ultratolerant smorgasbord spirituality here. Well known for his kindliness, Dr Koyzis has unsurprisingly refrained from pointing out the arrogance of eclecticists’ colonializing appropriations, and has confined himself to pointing out the position’s contradictions. But Dr Koyzis, being a neo-Calvinist, seems to suggest at the end of his short essay that everything boils down to an agon between equally totalizing truth claims which are equally intolerant: the neo-Calvinist epistemological state of nature, wherein all Leibnitzian worldview monads are at war with all other worldview monads, with no rational way to adjudicate between them. Thus, his refutation starts and stops at tu quoque. But Ms Sewell’s point is a parodic double of a real truth. The real truth of which Ms Sewell’s position is a simulacrum is this: a civic order of religiously principled peace cannot, of course, tolerate an intolerance of its constitutional principles. Just as eclectic religion is actually a fake rationality and a fake religion, so too its tolerance is fake. But real religion, and real reason, can give a rational account, intelligible to all, of why the civic order of liberty which ought to follow from it is real, not just another disguised intolerance the same as any other.

By Peter Escalante

Peter Escalante is a founder and editor of The Calvinist International. He holds a MA in Philosophy.