Please discuss Locke’s conception of religious toleration and the separation of church and state in an essay that answers the following questions:
- Do you find Locke’s expansive vision of toleration useful and ethical? Why or why not?
- Do you believe that there are ever cases where it is acceptable for a society to decide not to tolerate religious communities whose beliefs or practices seem ‘too extreme’ to be tolerated. If so, what considerations or principles can help one to determine exactly which religious communities should be treated as intolerable?
- Do you believe that it is ever acceptable for individuals’ religious beliefs to affect the administration of law? Why or why not?