Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Tolerance

Chuck Colson's article entitled 'Worshipping the Goddess of Tolerance' contains some insightful comments about tolerance; a modern western scourge. The two following paragraphs are taken from the article.


"Dorothy Sayers, the great English writer, said it best: “In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.”

This kind of so-called “tolerance” can never bring people together, but only as we saw in Washington, pull them farther apart."



As the noted evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould once pointed out there are value issues that transcend disputes over natural history. Evolutionists who dig in their heels and insist that the world accept an origins paradigm that excludes intelligent causality show that they have beliefs. However those among them who consider tolerance a supreme virtue suffer from the same moral paralysis afflicting those mentioned in the Colson article. It is difficult to formulate coherent value based policies when differing factions in the big tent must all be accomodated. Mediocrity and indecision result.

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