I am a Christian and I believe that Christianity is the one true religion.
Oh, and I am also more tolerant than you.
For many people, this does not make sense. One of the most common criticisms of Christianity is that it is intolerant. Why is Christianity intolerant? Because it is exclusivist, that is it believes that it is true and that other religions are not. So that means, people who are inclusive, that is those who believe all religions are true, are tolerant.
But is that true?
I believe in exclusivity and I believe only one religion can be true. I am not saying that other religions have no truth, I am saying that only one religion can be correct in describing the problem of humanity and offering the effective solution.
And this makes me tolerant how?
When I say that I am exclusivist, I am also conceding the right for my friends of other religions to be exclusivist. If you say that Christianity and Islam are equally true, you are taking something away from the uniqueness of Islam. Inclusivists are actually more insulting to Islam than Christians.
As an exclusivist, I respect Muslims’ belief that only the five pillars will be acceptable to Allah and Buddhists’ belief that only the eightfold path will lead to enlightenment.
Bringing all religions down to their lowest common denominator may feel politically correct but it is in fact very intolerant.