The Intolerance of Tolerance

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jan 31, 2012 - Religion - 186 pages
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Tolerance currently occupies a very high place in Western societies: it is considered gauche, even boorish, to question it. In The Intolerance of Tolerance, however, questioning tolerance -- or, at least, contemporary understandings of tolerance -- 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 looks back at the history of this shift and discusses its implications for culture today, especially its bearing 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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User Review  - thornton37814 - LibraryThing

Carson has tackled the topic of tolerance and how its definition has changed over the years. Whereas many Christians would not be accused of intolerance under the older definition, they are being ... Read full review

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The author makes a good point - the new value of tolerance in society is quite different from the old one. The old one allowed for divergent views to be expressed whatever they were. The new tolerance ... Read full review

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Introduction The Changing Face of Tolerance
What Is Going On?
Jottings on the History of Tolerance
Worse Than Inconsistency
The Church and Christian Truth Claims
And Still There Is Evil
Tolerance Democracy and Majoritarianism
Ways Ahead Ten Words

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D. A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. He has written or edited more than fifty other books, including The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism, Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church, and Christ and Culture Revisited.

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