al-Farabi on Religion - Dictionary of Arguments
Höffe I 127
Religion/al-Farabi/Höffe: The religions (...) have the task of bringing the same truth [of philosophy] to ordinary people, the non-philosophers, in parables and symbols. For them, each political community (umma) has its own tradition, which results in a remarkable tolerance: Because of the diversity of their cultural context, each community expresses its beliefs in different parables and symbols, and therefore different religions.
According to this, there can be excellent nations and excellent cities, which, despite different religions, claim the same happiness and pursue exactly the same goals(1).
1. al-Farabi, On the perfect state, chap.17, § 2._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
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