John Locke (1632-1704) was an English philosopher and Enlightenment thinker. His ideas of the social contract influenced the Enlightenment and contributed to the American Revolution, particularly his ideas of the Social Contract.
A Letter Concerning Toleration by John Lockeby John Locke
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In his LETTER CONCERNING TOLERATION, political theorist John Locke lays out a classical case in favor of religious toleration. Locke's support for toleration stems from the European wars of religion, wherein he notes that human beings are notoriously poor judges of competing religious traditions. Ultimately, since religious belief cannot be enforced by violence, social order is best upheld by allowing diversity of thought.
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This should be a bust read for every High School student and every clergymen or women in the world. John Locke had great insight into every concern in our lives. I have read about his work in High School and College and was having a decision with my son over a paper he had writen for a class and I loked at what Barnes & Noble had availble for my e-reader. I took the time to read his works and was impressed with Locke's views. If every leader in this world would take the time or just look over his work, what a different view thy would have of our inter-relationships! Read it, it will influence your views to. Sincerely Rich Mason