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TBC Staff

The tyranny of 'tolerance'

One of the biggest battles we face concerns the way we use words. One of the most glaring examples is the word "tolerance". Not long ago, this meant "bearing or putting up with someone or something not especially liked." However, now the word has been redefined to "all values, all beliefs, all lifestyles, all truth claims are equal." Denying this makes a person "intolerant," and thus worthy of contempt.

Where does this leave Christians? Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John:14:6). And the Apostle Peter said, "It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead . . . Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts:4:10-12). The new definition of "tolerance" makes the Christian claims to exclusivity "intolerant", which supposedly justifies much of the anti-Christianity in the media and the education system.

But this argument is glaringly illogical and self-refuting. That is, if these "tolerance" advocates reject Christianity, then they are not treating this belief as "equal". So, in practice, to paraphrase George Orwell in Animal Farm, all beliefs are equal, but some beliefs are more equal than others. The result is extreme intolerance towards Christianity from people who talk so much about tolerating all views. In short, they are intolerant of intolerance, so logically they should be intolerant of themselves! (Sarfati, "Creation," 25 (4):6, September 2003).