The Intolerance of Tolerance
WILLIAM B EERDMAN CO
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Tolerance currently occupies a very high place in Western culture, a bit like motherhood and apple pie in 1950s America: it is considered gauche, even boorish, to question it. In The Intolerance of Tolerance, however, questioning tolerance or, at least, contemporary understandings of it is exactly what D. A. Carson does.
Carson traces the subtle but enormous shift in the way we have come to understand tolerance over recent years from defending the rights of those who hold different beliefs to affirming all beliefs as equally valid and correct. He reviews the history of this shift and discusses its implications for culture today, especially how it bears on democracy, discussions about good and evil, and Christian truth claims. Using real-life examples that will sometimes arouse laughter and sometimes make the blood boil, Carson argues not only that the new tolerance is socially dangerous and intellectually debilitating but also that it actually leads to genuine intolerance of all who struggle to hold fast to their beliefs.
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