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Respectful Love: The Christian Version of Tolerance – Part 2

Not long ago, the word ‘tolerance’ meant ‘bearing’ or ‘putting up with someone or something not especially liked’. Now, however, the word has been redefined to mean ‘all values, all beliefs, all lifestyles, all truth claims are equal’. Denying this logic brands a person as ‘intolerant’, and thus worthy of contempt. However, what the person means by saying, “You must be open to everything” is really, “You must be open to everything that I am open to, and anything that…

Respectful Love: The Christian Version of Tolerance – Part I

An ancient maxim reads, “About matters of taste, there is no disputing,” while another advises, “About matters of truth, we should engage in dispute.”[1] These two sayings nicely capture the essence of the solution to the contemporary problem of tolerance and truth. On the one hand, we hear much in public discourse about the need for tolerance, usually presented as the non-judgmental acceptance of all perspectives. On the other hand, those who stand for truth are often branded as narrow-minded,…