4.4.4 Resolving Apparent Contradictions

(This is an archived page, from Edition 2 of the Patterns of Power book. The current versions is at https://www.patternsofpower.org/patterns/moral/pluralism/contradictions/).

People may have to resolve apparent conflicts between their traditions and whatever is regarded as socially-acceptable behaviour by the society they are in. An accommodation is always possible, given goodwill, in one of three ways as described in the following three sub-sections:

     There is some latitude within religious texts (4.4.4.1);

     A permission is not an instruction to do something (4.4.4.2), so people can legitimately refrain from offending others;

     People can take personal responsibility for conflict resolution (4.4.4.3), overruling what is said to them by others.

PatternsofPower.org, 2014