Are religious people intolerant? | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 74, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



The central question in this article is: ‘Are committed young Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and humanists in the Netherlands and Flanders intolerant towards other groups?’ To answer this question, we analyse survey data and interviews collected in this research population. We first look at intergroup attitudes, which mainly show a pluralist approach towards the plurality of worldviews. Subsequently, we discuss the levels of religiocentrism and perceived intergroup threat among these young people. Finally, we search the interviews for practical examples concerning interviewees’ willingness to accept a plurality of worldviews in the public square. Although liberal values are dominant, much depends on the specific topic and how it is presented in the media. Generally, interviewees are tolerant towards other worldviews.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): empirical studies; humanism; intolerance; pluralism; religion; state; youth
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