What's your definition of tolerance?
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|Thu, 09-02-2010 - 1:59pm|
I'm curious, after the Beck thread, how most people would define "tolerance." We throw the word, and the opposite, around quite a bit - but I'm thinking perhaps the way I define it is different?
I'm an Evangelical Christian, but also believe that everyone has the right to their own belief and belief system. My "tolerance," however, does not mean that I have to agree with them. So, even if I believe that people who do not accept the redemption offered by Christ dying on the cross will go to hell, I can and will fight every day for another's right to believe or not believe as they do. Both for their right to believe it, and their right to practice their belief.
But what I could NOT do is believe that what they believe is *true* - that would be compromising my own beliefs.
It was stated a few times in that thread that for an Evangelical Christian to believe that a Mormon or a Jew or whatever is going to hell is intolerant. But isn't tolerance more of an "agreeing to disagree" while supporting each others' right to your own beliefs?
ETA: Edited a sentence for clarity ;)
Edited 9/2/2010 3:49 pm ET by emmake22