Should Christians Be Tolerant or Intolerant? Interview with Josh McDowell
by Sean McDowell
SEAN: Dad, what is tolerance and how should it properly be defined?
JOSH: A traditional definition has been to respect and honor another person’s beliefs and values without endorsing them or accepting them. In other words, tolerance involves loving someone with whom you may totally disagree. A number of years ago it switched. Now tolerance, which we call “cultural tolerance” in our book The Beauty of Intolerance, is defined as all values, beliefs, and lifestyles being equal. And if you dare say to say a belief or lifestyle is greater or less than another, you are labeled a bigot and intolerant for making a moral judgment.
SEAN: Should Christians be tolerant or intolerant?
JOSH: If we mean the traditional definition of tolerance, then yes. But if mean cultural tolerance, then no. I think today’s cultural definition of tolerance is one of the most evil things taught in the world today. You diminish a person’s value when you tolerate them according to today’s definition. Cultural tolerance diminishes truth and the value of life. If you’re truly tolerant, according to today’s definition, then why even…
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