Tolerance—Or Else: Coercive Attempts to Impose Secular Beliefs
The Intolerance of Tolerance is not a political jeremiad so much as a call for Christians to fight for the value of truth. He shows how Christianity doesn't fit into the world of new tolerance and, when it tries, ends up paying too high a price. The result is a dumbed-down, diluted, and minimized gospel.
While the book is bracing, Carson ends on a hopeful note. He gives Christians 10 suggestions for dealing with intolerant tolerance, from simply exposing its arrogance and internal inconsistencies to speaking truthfully and civilly. He reminds Christians that they should be prepared to suffer in defense of the faith, before ending on a joyful note about trusting in God over government.
Mollie Ziegler Hemingway is a contributing writer at GetReligion.org.
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Previous Christianity Today articles on tolerance include:
Proselytizing in a Multi-Faith World | Why mutual respect and tolerance require us to witness for Christ. (March 28, 2011)
The Sin of Tolerance | Billy Graham's 1959 radio address. (October 28, 2008)
This Samaritan Life | How to live in a culture that is vaguely suspicious of the church. (February 7, 2008)