The Intolerance of Tolerance Paperback
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The Intolerance of Tolerance
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Carson examines how the definition of tolerance has changed. It now has less to do with putting up with a person or stance while still seeking to disagree, and more to do with not saying others are wrong. It is impossible to deploy this new tolerance consistently, so that actual practice is often whimsical and arbitrary. Worse, the words 'tolerance' and 'intolerance' have become merely rhetorical terms of approval and disapprobation.
Despite the many negatives about these new, often ethically deficient definitions of tolerance, from a Christian perspective there have been gains as well. In this valuable and accessible volume, Carson uses examples and quotations to illustrate his analysis and concludes with practical advice on exemplifying and promoting the virtue of civil discourse.
The Intolerance of Tolerance by D. A. Carson was published by Inter-Varsity Press in February 2012 and is our 21008th best seller. The ISBN for The Intolerance of Tolerance is 9781844744053.
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Intolerance of ToleranceJohnny Douglas, via The Good Book Stall
Tolerance is an idolatrous golden calf status in our culture as well as being the predominant ideology in nearly all areas of life. In this unique and robust new work D.A. Carson tackles the elephant in the room, arguing against the current form of tolerance, which ironically is no tolerance at all. Birthed out of a series of lectures the main argument of the book is that tolerance has come to be the prevailing mantra of our time. Carson describes the old tolerance as a stance that acknowledges the existence of both right and wrong, and discoverable, defensible truth.
Well researched, engagingly written, and utterly reasonable, Carson provides myriad examples of how this new tolerance has influenced all areas of life. There is no paranoid alarmism here in negotiating scary secular humanism. The final chapter offers some practical reflections on what to do about the new tolerance, which is particularly helpful. Though a short book, Carson's argument is tight, cogent and the stimulus very real. Commendable to a breadth of readers, regardless of Christian commitment.
Wrong still is worthy of contending with. Robust, engaging & uniquely Carson!
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"Sadly, the debate about Christianity has shifted from 'is it true' to 'was anyone offended.' The Bible assures us that the gospel message will be offensive, although the gospel messenger should be loving. Carson has done a masterful job of helping Christian leaders understand how to navigate a cultural context that is increasingly tolerant of seemingly everything but Christian belief." - Mark Driscoll, Pastor, Mars Hill Church, Seattle
"Nothing is more intolerant than a tolerance that requires the absence of all convictions. Don Carson thoughtfully shows how tolerance, once defined as respecting others' right to hold differing perspectives, has morphed into a pervasive insistence that no one should hold firm convictions. The consequence of such a shift is a challenge to biblical faith that needs a biblical response, which Carson ably provides. In doing so, he gives the biblical basis for true tolerance in a just society and shows the inevitable tyranny of tolerance ill-defined. Not to hear and heed him is to enter a nightmarish world in which zeal to discern truth is replaced by zeal to keep anyone from claiming anything is really true."- Bryan Chapell, President, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis
Details for The Intolerance of Tolerance
|Author / Artist||D. A. Carson|
|Publisher||Inter-Varsity Press (February 2012)|
|Number of Pages||256|
|Page last updated||8th December 2017|