Spotted this on Google Plus recently. Sad to see that reasoned argument and debate only go so far with some people.
Anyways, gives me a chance to pull out my ‘tolerance’ card!
I’ve used this image in a post previously as it seemed to make a good point. However there was something about the word ‘tolerance’ and how it’s being used today.
We can have a look at the Oxford English dictionary definition to get an initial thought of how tolerance is defined:
Definition of tolerance
From the above it’s obvious that definition 3 is referring to a mechanistic application and definitions 1 and 2 are perhaps more relevant to social interaction and society. It’s interesting that both definitions 1 and 2 do not put ‘tolerance’ in the scope of ‘approval’. In other words ‘tolerance’ is something temporary and transient. ‘Tolerance’ in itself does not imply approval.
As a Christian I see many areas of conflict between the orthodox teachings of the church and the ways of the world reflected in the ever changing attitudes of the wider society. As Christians we are often accused of intolerance and our ‘tolerance’ is demanded but I do wonder if there is not an intolerance behind what is demanded of us and the church.
To tolerate someone else’s morals, behaviour, religion, philosophy, ethics or politics simply means to accept albeit with a mild form of disapproval. When we as Christians and the church or ekklesia are asked to show ‘tolerance’ I do wonder if the motive behind that call is really a call to approve and that our ‘tolerance’ will not be accepted for long?
Seeing Ed Miliband getting booed at the TUC organised Anti-Austerity march for his cuts-lite remarks reminded me that…
New release from the excellent Captain Ska.
Coming soon to an NHS™ near you. Don’t say we didn’t have our eyes open.
There’s one or two subjects that spring to mind where a card like this will come in handy!
Foie gras factory project in China scrapped after Roger Moore’s campaign against ‘torture in a tin’ | Mail Online
Dead chuffed that Creek Projects Investments have succumbed to public pressure and have withdrawn from the building of a Foie Gras factory in China’s Jiangxi Province. Apparently eight million ducks and two million geese would have been tortured and slaughtered every year to produce 1,000 tonnes of foie gras.
When James Bond says “Don’t eat Foie Gras” then one would be wise to listen.
Yes I know it’s an Anarchist stereotype but Popular Tunisian children’s magazine faces prosecution over article on how to make a Molotov cocktail | Mail Online
Makes the Beano look like, well, The Dandy.
(Me Arabic’s not up to much so I’m assuming that the Daily Mail isn’t doing it’s usual butcher’s job)
Time to treat myself to another book to go on my Kindle. Problem is choosing one!
Any book that catches my eye I add to my Goodreads.com account so I have a continually growing list of books to choose from. What I choose depends a lot on how I feel so at the moment I have a list of three books. So which one do I choose?
Viral Jesus: Recovering the Contagious Power of the Gospel by Ross Rohde
Jesus: A Theography by Frank Viola, Leonard Sweet
Any suggestions most welcome!
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Sebastian