D. A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has written over 50 books and is perhaps the finest New Testament scholar around. If you are not familiar with his work, you should be, especially if you are serious about studying the New Testament. You can find more information about Carson and his writings in his profile on Trinity’s website.
I received an academic catalog today that lists a new book from Carson that I am eager to read. It is entitled The Intolerance of Tolerance. The description of the book reads as follows:
“It’s a hot-button topic, but what does “tolerance” really mean? Carson believes the definition has become more about refusing to say others are wrong – which is impossible to deploy consistently. With anecdotes, quotes, and practical advice, he describes how to exemplify and promote the virtue of civil discourse while embracing the true meaning of tolerance.”
So, what is the true definition of “tolerance”? Are we intolerant if we believe others are wrong? What is the proper way to discourse over areas of disagreement? I have not read the book to discover Carson’s views, but I wonder what you think. Send me a comment.