Tolerance currently occupies a very high place in Western societies: it is considered gauche, even boorish, perhaps even immoral, 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 conceptual and cultural shift in the way we have come to understand "tolerance" in 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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Outstanding, extremely relevant, insightful.
Date:August 9, 2012
the book is excellent. Dr. Carson is sharp, insightful, and as usual right on the money. I highly recommend this book to all. Especially at such a time as this.