Tolerance, Truth, and Love


Truth is absolute and not subject to people’s private whims.

The Reformed Reader

The Intolerance of Tolerance When it comes to the topic of tolerance, the prevalent cultural attitude today is that we should be more concerned about being “nice” than upholding the truth.  On the other end of the spectrum, and in some Christian circles, is the (inconsistent) practice of upholding the truth with a sort of loveless arrogance.  I appreciate how D. A. Carson strikes a fine biblical balance in The Intolerance of Tolerance.

“It is not uncommon for the new tolerance to pit truth against love in a zero-sum game: one or the other will be diminished.  If your church has a statement of faith, [they say] you may be trying to uphold truth, but love for outsiders will be diminished.  If you think of Christian faith as bound up with articulating, proclaiming, and defending the truth, you will diminish in love, for truth draws borders and establishes that those who disagree with…

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