The Beauty of Intolerance   -     By: Josh McDowell, Sean McDowell
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If "tolerance" means agreeing that everyone's beliefs, values, and lifestyles are equally valid, is it really the best policy? The McDowells say "no"---and offer more loving ways to respond to those with whom you disagree. Learn how a biblical approach to truth can counter a false understanding of tolerance while co-existing with Christlike compassion. 224 pages, softcover from Shiloh Run.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1630589403
ISBN-13: 9781630589400

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Today's message of cultural acceptance is dangerously distorted and deceptive. In a world that shouts: "If you truly care about other people, you must agree that their beliefs, values, lifestyle, and truth claims are equal and as valid as yours!" it’s no wonder our youth are confused. The Beauty of Intolerance--brand-new from Josh McDowell with son Sean McDowell--cuts through the confusion and points you back to the place where the only truth resides. . .Jesus Christ. Tied directly to the Heroic Truth initiative launched by the Josh McDowell Ministry, McDowell will share how a biblical view of truth can counter cultural tolerance and encourage a love and acceptance of others apart from their actions with a heart of Christlike compassion.

Author Bio

Josh McDowell has been at the forefront of cultural trends and groundbreaking ministry for over five decades. He shares the essentials of the Christian faith in everyday language so that youth, families, churches, leaders, and individuals of all ages are prepared for the life of faith and the work of the ministry. This includes leveraging resources based on years of experiences, new technologies, and strategic partnerships. Since 1961, Josh has delivered more than 27,000 talks to over 25,000,000 people in 125 countries. He is the author or coauthor of 142 books, including More Than a Carpenter and New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, recognized by World Magazine as one of the top 40 books of the twentieth century. Josh's books are available in over 100 different languages. Josh and his wife,Dottie, are quick to acknowledge that after their love for the Lord, family is their greatest joy and top priority.  They have been married for 43 years and have four wonderful children and ten beloved grandchildren. For more information, please visit www.josh.org


 
Sean McDowell, PhD, is an assistant professor at Biola University in the MA Christian apologetics program. He is also a bestselling author of over fifteen books. Sean is an internationally recognized speaker for conferences, universities, schools, and churches. He and his wife Stephanie and their three kids live in Southern California.

Editorial Reviews

"Here's a timely message—clearly presented, creatively explained, effectively argued, and lovingly offered as an antidote to the confusion so many people feel about this vital topic."
—bestselling author Lee Strobel, professor at Houston Baptist University

"There is incredible confusion over the nature of tolerance. Should we be tolerant? Intolerant? The McDowells provide valuable insight, compelling stories, and practical steps for seeing through the cultural confusion so you can lovingly stand for truth."
—David Limbaugh, lawyer and author of The Emmaus Code

"The Beauty of Intolerance is perhaps the most needed book in the library of lives around the world second only to the Bible. Unlike some teaching, preaching, and cults, all roads do not lead to heaven but actually to hell. We can coexist on Earth, but apart from the shed blood of Christ and repentance of sin, we will not coexist in heaven. Josh and Sean have penned a game-changer because they didn't change the Word. Yes, intolerance is beautiful but misleading the masses is beyond ugly. May millions read this book and fall in love with The Book [Bible]." 
—Frank Shelton, author, Washington, DC Field Rep, MY HOPE with Billy Graham & evangelist, Waldorf, MD

"Those who speak the truth in love will come to realize that truth trumps love as well as defines it. This book will help you to understand why."
-Johnny Hunt, Pastor of First Baptist Woodstock

"If there’s a 'hot button buzzword' in our society, it’s tolerance. Josh and Sean McDowell have done an excellent job of showing how cultural tolerance differs from true tolerance. This book is filled with practical advice on how Christians can lovingly and winsomely express truth in an environment where so many oppose it."
-Jim Daly, President–Focus on the Family

"Josh and Sean McDowell have given us an extremely timely and relevant, biblically sound work on the issue of tolerance, one of the most critical issues we face today. This book is a strategic read for all who wish to save the next generation from drowning in the sea of cultural relativity now engulfing them."
--Dr. Tony Evans, Senior Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship
President, The Urban Alternative

"There are few more pressing challenges for Christians these days than to learn how to hold their convictions with an unabashed courage while remaining cheerful and gracious toward those around them. Sean and Josh McDowell have a lifetime of doing just that. This valuable book will help parents and young people practice the tolerance our society needs, rather than getting sucked into the false tolerance we cannot afford."
--Matthew Lee Anderson, Founder and lead writer for MereOrthodoxy.com

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Bilical view of "Tolerance"
    July 25, 2016
    Gordon Purcey
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Josh and Sean McDowell present a clear and compelling case for viewing Scripture as not simply an inspired book from which we glean personal insight to help us determine what our personal moral standards are going to be, but rather as the source of objective moral truth that is applicable to all people of all times. Moral truth consists of those qualities which define God's nature. This concept, the authors point out, is not a popular position to take in this day and age.

    They also show that "tolerance", as popularly defined, actually leads to a situation where no one has the right to say that anything anyone else does is right or wrong. In addition, the current version of "tolerance" intertwines a person's moral choices with who they are, and thus if we reject their moral choices, we are actually rejecting that person. This is not the Biblical view of tolerance at all, the authors point out.

    The authors also demonstrate how the modern notion of tolerance has become almost synonymous with our system of public education, having effectively separated "facts" (which come from science) and "opinions" (which have to do with values). Thus we find ourselves where we are in our culture: a place where everyone's opinion of right and wrong has equal value, and objective moral truth is obliterated.

    The authors also make the case that Christians need to speak the truth into our culture, but remind us that we must always speak this truth in the context of loving relationship, as this is how God desires to relate to us. We must always make sure we communicate that God loves people regardless of their moral choices, and we must do whatever we can to make sure we communicate God's truth in love.

    The authors illustrate the points they make with fictional but realistic scenarios of interaction between parents and children. These are quite effective at illustrating the problems and fleshing out the application of the principles they discuss.

    The book is well written, well organized, and easy to follow. It also provides clarity on the issues of how we view "tolerance", how we should view "tolerance", and why intolerance is sometimes the most loving way to deal with someone. This is a book every parent should read.

    While I have not seen the study guide, I can imagine that this would be an excellent book for a small group to discuss, especially within the context of a family.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great job of tackling contemporary issues.
    July 15, 2016
    Greg
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    This tackles some of the most difficult issues facing our culture today from a Christian standpoint based upon love. The title of the book is illustrated throughout almost every chapter with relational stories that highlight what a Christian's response to issues such as pre-marital sex, homosexuality, subjectivism, moral relativism and others should be. There are complex concepts that are presented, but they are presented in such a way that anyone can understand, they are well though out and delivered in an easy to read and comprehend manner. I would recommend this book very highly to anyone who desires to grow in their understanding and ability to love those with whom they have a contrary worldview.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Beauty of Intolerance is an amazing resource youre going to want to keep in your hands!
    February 8, 2016
    GHott
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What I liked: The Beauty of Intolerance is an amazing book that Im sure Ill be referring to for years. It really helped me to put into words and context how I feel and why which should help me make proper decisions in the coming years. I appreciated how carefully worded this book was showing no offense and helping me to find actionable ways and confidence in showing love to all of Gods people without judgment.

    The Beauty of Intolerance is an amazing resource youre going to want to keep in your hands!

    What I didnt like: There is a LOT in The Beauty of Intolerance. Its not something to read quickly or when youre tired. It requires attention and focus.
  4. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good resource for parents
    February 5, 2016
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Many Christian parents are seeing a radical change in the core values of their children. The children no longer share the moral standards and beliefs of their parents. The McDowells have written this book to help parents deal with this cultural shift that is separating them from their children.

    Most young people think their moral views are correct for them. They want to be loved and accepted even though their beliefs and lifestyles are different from previous generations.

    The McDowells start with helping us understand the nature of moral truth. Rather than getting truth from the Bible, young people follow the cultural idea that moral truth is found within the individual. The McDowells also look at the meaning of tolerance and how it has changed. The traditional meaning was to love the individual without approving of the sinful condition. Now it includes accepting, affirming and respecting the individual and the sinful condition or Christians are labeled intolerant and hateful. They include quite a bit of information on homosexuality which I found very helpful.

    A few fictional scenarios are included to show possible ways parents can interact with their children on a couple issues. They also provide a strategy to help parents clarify biblical values with their children. They suggest, for example, Every truth, every rule, and every guideline coming from God's Word is issued from the loving heart and character of God for our own good. They also suggest parents be aware of instruction at school, movies watched, etc. The doctrine of cultural tolerance has permeated our society. It will take every intentional and concerted effort on your part to counter its influence.

    The McDowells believe it is possible to truly love and accept people with whom we significantly disagree. The information and strategies presented in this book are very helpful to that end. I recommend this book to parents and others who want to understand the cultural shift and know how to deal with it in a godly way.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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