Applied Ethics in a World Church. The Padua Conference pages:278-287
The article focuses on the complex relationship between tolerance, pluralism, and religious truth. The author asks if there is a theological justification for tolerance. He answers it in the affirmative by articulating the conviction that Christians are not the owners but rather the servants of truth. Viewed this way, he suggests, one can scarcely maintain a fanatical defense of one's own convictions. Rather, drawing on the moral theology of Franz Böckle, he suggests that it is possible to reconcile tolerance with truth once we understood tolerance, not in terms of taking a stand on the truth question, but instead in terms of underwriting an independent faith-rooted relationship with our fellow human beings.