Verbatim: Don Carson on the intolerance of ‘tolerance’

‘Tolerance’ is another word that has suffered from a changing definition in the interests of political correctness or ideology. (Think also: ‘marriage’ and ‘nothing’.) Here’s a review of Don Carson’s book The Intolerance of Tolerance at Apologetics 315. A quotation: “Although a few things can be said in favour of the newer definition, the sad reality is that this new, contemporary tolerance is intrinsically intolerant. It is blind to its own shortcomings because it erroneously thinks it holds the moral high ground; it cannot be questioned because it has become part of the West’s plausibility structure. … To accept that a different or opposing position exists and deserves the right to exist is one thing; to accept the position itself means that one is no longer opposing it. The new tolerance suggests that actually accepting another’s position means believing that position to be true, or at least as true as your own. … The new tolerance argues that there is no one view that is exclusively true. Strong opinions are nothing more than strong preferences for a particular version of reality, each version equally true.”


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