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The Intolerance of Tolerance by D.A. Carson
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Jun 16, 2012

really liked it

This is a very relevant and timely book, and I've found it coming up in a lot of different conversations. Most helpful is the distinction he makes between the old tolerance- accepting that different beliefs and ideas exist and discussing them vs. the new tolerance which doesn't allow any room for suggesting an idea or belief is wrong. In fact, that has become the cardinal sin in our culture. The irony which he repeatedly points out and is suggested by the title is that, in condemning anyone who makes a truth claim as a bigot, those in favor of the new tolerance are themselves making a value claim and being intolerant themselves.

It's a pretty intellectual read, and Carson delves into philosophy, politics, and theology among other things. It's clear he has done a ton of reading on the subject and has integrated many different strands of thought.

I'd go so far as to say this is a must read, and I got a ton out of it.
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