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The Intolerance of Tolerance

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hovel Audio (Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596447591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596447592
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Michael Cromartie-- Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C."In these highly contentious times we need a renewed understanding of the meaning of true tolerance. True tolerance means taking our deeply held convictions seriously because understanding our differences actually makes a difference. Disagreements matter. True tolerance means engaging one another with civility and respect despite our differences. It is not incompatible with firm convictions or the desire to persuade others. In this timely book D. A. Carson argues that today true tolerance is not well tolerated. He makes a passionate plea for a recovery of an older form of tolerance, insisting that the existence of disparate views is vastly different from the acceptance of all views being equally valid. Important matters are at stake here, and Carson cogently explains why they are so urgent."Bryan Chapell-- President, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis"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."Mark Driscoll-- Pastor, Mars Hill Church, Seattle"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 cu

Bryan Chapell-- President, Covenant Theological Seminary"Thoughtfully shows how tolerance has morphed into a pervasive insistence that no one should hold firm convictions. . . . Not to hear and heed Carson 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."Christianity Today"Carson shows the structural flaws and inconsistency of modern tolerance and its fixation on opposing traditional Christianity. . . . The Intolerance of Tolerance is not a political jeremiad so much as a call for Christians to fight for the value of truth."

Bryan Chapell -- President, Covenant Theological Seminary"Thoughtfully shows how tolerance has morphed into a pervasive insistence that no one should hold firm convictions. . . . Not to hear and heed Carson 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." Christianity Today "Carson shows the structural flaws and inconsistency of modern tolerance and its fixation on opposing traditional Christianity. . . . The Intolerance of Tolerance is not a political jeremiad so much as a call for Christians to fight for the value of truth."

"Church Times" In this excellent book, D. A. Carson's aim is to explain and give a critique of the contemporary understanding of tolerance. . . . Profound and intellectually forensic while being surprisingly accessible. It provides a startling analysis of the new tolerance, and a rigorous critique of it, while refusing to be defeated by it. It is a book for our time, and one that I would recommend to every thinking Christian. "Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies" Carson has penned an inviting and worthy introduction to one of Western culture's obsessions in the twenty-first century -- tolerance. . . . He produces a frank, critical, and iconoclastic survey of this emerging issue from post-modernism's distain of truth. . . . Not the final word on the topic, but it rates as a solid contribution on a contentious matter. "New Horizons" Well researched and engagingly written. . . . Intellectually stimulating without being stuffy or overly academic. Carson is a gifted writer with deep insights. This work is attuned to mixed audiences of academics and the public, Christians and skeptics. It is recommended for each. "Barnabas" An excellent and timely work. Bryan Chapell-- President, Covenant Theological Seminary"Thoughtfully shows how tolerance has morphed into a pervasive insistence that no one should hold firm convictions. . . . Not to hear and heed Carson 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."Christianity Today"Carson shows the structural flaws and inconsistency of modern tolerance and its fixation on opposing traditional Christianity. . . . The Intolerance of Tolerance is not a political jeremiad so much as a call for Christians to fight for the value of truth."

Bryan Chapell
-- President, Covenant Theological Seminary
"Thoughtfully shows how tolerance has morphed into a pervasive insistence that no one should hold firm convictions. . . . Not to hear and heed Carson 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."
"Christianity Today"
"Carson shows the structural flaws and inconsistency of modern tolerance and its fixation on opposing traditional Christianity. . . . "The Intolerance of Tolerance" is not a political jeremiad so much as a call for Christians to fight for the value of truth." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

D. A. Carson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and is the author or editor of more than fifty books, including "The God Who Is There "and "How Long, O Lord?" He is one of the founders of The Gospel Coalition and an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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D. A. Carson is a Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is widely regarded as today's foremost New Testament scholar. Published last month, The Intolerance of Tolerance is a welcome and much-needed addition to his catalogue of over 50 works.

The purpose of Carson's book is to examine how the definition of tolerance has evolved over the years and to evaluate the detriment such change has spelled for both the Christian church and the broader culture. Carson's first chapter is entitled The Changing Face of Tolerance and his first heading reads The Old Tolerance and the New. Carson argues that while the verb "tolerate" was originally defined as "ACCEPT EXISTENCE OF DIFFERENT VIEWS", the verb has now subtly morphed to mean "ACCEPT DIFFERENT VIEWS". Carson describes this change as "subtle in form but massive in substance" (3).
Carson's subject is daunting and he acknowledges the immensity of his task right from the first page. He notes that `hinting that tolerance might on occasion be intolerance is unlikely to win many friends' (1). On a more philosophical level, he surmises that `tolerance has become part of the Western "plausibility structure"... widely and almost unquestioningly accepted...to saunter into the public square and question it in some way or another is not only to tilt at windmills but also culturally insensitive, lacking in good taste, boorish' (2). His thorough analysis of the challenge he faces, however, lands him in good stead to topple the erroneous assumptions of tolerance that may be lodged in the reader's mind.
Carson's subject is clearly defined and he can afford to be exhaustive. He evaluates the present scene in chapter 2 (What is Going On?
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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 stimulis 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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Carson does a great job spotting the many inconsistencies in how the world views tolerance these days. The issue likely won't be going away any time soon, and the voices declaring Christians to be "intolerant" (in its new definition) are only getting louder, so a book like this can go a long way in helping someone to be prepared to respond appropriately.
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We live in a confusing world, where if you hold any firm belief, let alone conviction, you are called "extreme" or "intolerant". I have felt stifled and cornered, and the easiest path out is silence or at least not expressing any views in any public forum such as social media. To experience the intolerance of tolerance, we need look no further than social media. School is another minefield. Gone are the days when students can heartily, politely and scholarly debate on an issue from different standpoints. The position "to agree to disagree" has gone on certain issues. In the name of tolerance, we must agree everything as equally right - this is an untenable position for any sane mind!

If you have felt this kind of pressure in life, you will find resonance in this book. The pressure was particularly intense in the UK during the year when same-sex marriage was being debated and eventually legalised in July 2013. Tolerating other people's lifestyle was not enough; the pressure was intense on us to agree and accept it as a personal stance or we were judgemental and unloving.

Carson not only is spot on in encapsulating the current trend, but also puts the development in historical context which I find very helpful. The notion of old tolerance versus new tolerance has clarified the situation for me. I agree totally that the new tolerance is applied selectively by activists and therefore it is not a principled virtue as one is led to believe but a tool to force a hidden agenda. According to Carson, this hidden agenda targets against Christianity. The most threatening aspect of it is its backup from the coercive power of the state. The law is getting more intolerant on people having an opinion or holding a belief in the name of tolerance ! How ironic.
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