Truth and Tolerance

A great deal is said to-day about tolerance. The word is used more often, perhaps, than "charity," although the two have come under some circumstances to have much the same meaning in modern thought.

In the endeavor to gain the spiritual nature of tolerance, to learn to feel that broad charity which the New Testament teaches, we are sometimes tempted to believe that all intelligible truth is but human doctrine, that one person's belief is as likely to be true as another's; and we soon become lost in the maze of perplexities offered by this point of view. Trying to see some truth in every human doctrine that is advanced, we finally arrive at a mental state which is afraid to acknowledge any absolute truth at all. And this is often the result of an honest attempt to be tolerant.

God, Our Real Relation
September 8, 1928

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