I was so glad to see our copies of D. A. Carson’s newest book, The Intolerance of Tolerance, came in yesterday. I’ve decided to feature it on the cover of our next Academic catalog. Carson is one of my favorite authors. I tried to look at it a bit yesterday but was far too busy to give it any justice. Perhaps this weekend I can spend some time in it. They are available on our website for only $15.98. If you are local you can come in and take a look at it first hand. Here’s the catalog description:
Tolerance currently occupies a very high place in Western societies: it is considered gauche, even boorish, to question it. In The Intolerance of Tolerance, however, questioning tolerance–or, at least, contemporary understandings of tolerance–is exactly what D. A .Carson does.
Carson traces the subtle but enormous shift in the way we have come to understand tolerance over recent years–from defending the rights of those who hold different beliefs to affirming all beliefs as equally valid and correct. He looks back at the history of this shift and discusses its implications for culture today, especially its bearing on democracy, discussions about good and evil, and Christian truth claims.
Using real-life examples that will sometimes arouse laughter and sometimes make the blood boil, Carson argues not only that the “new tolerance” is socially dangerous and intellectually debilitating but also that it actually leads to genuine intolerance of all who struggle to hold fast to their beliefs.
The Intolerance of Tolerance is from Eerdmans Publishers and is a hardcover with 196 pages and sells for $19.99.