Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ten Words Amid Intolerance

D. A. Carson concludes his book The Intolerance of Tolerance with a chapter entitled "Ways Ahead: Ten Words." What follows are the headings of these ten words:

1. Expose the New Tolerance's Moral and Epistemological Bankruptcy
2. Preserve a Place for Truth
3. Expose the New Tolerance's Condescending Arrogance
4. Insist That the New Tolerance Is Not Progress
5. Distinguish Between Empirical Diversity and the Inherent Goodness of All Diversity
6. Challenge Secularism's Ostensible Neutrality and Superiority
7. Practice and Encourage Civility
8. Evangelize
9. Be Prepared to Suffer
10. Delight in and Trust God

Under the tenth heading, so important that I include it, Carson says this:
Delight in God, and trust him. God remains sovereign, wise, and good. Our ultimate confidence is not in any government or party, still less in our ability to mold the culture in which we live. God may bring about changes that reflect the more robust understanding of tolerance better known in earlier times, and that would be very helpful; alternatively, he may send "a powerful delusion so that [people] will believe the lie" (2 Thessalonians 2:11), and in consequence we may enter into more suffering for Jesus than the West has known for some time. That would have the effect of aligning us with brothers and sisters in Christ in other parts of the world, and enable us to share something of the apostle's joy (Acts 5:41). 
 —D. A. Carson, The Intolerance of Tolerance (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012), 161-176.

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