Sunday, July 15, 2007

On Tolerance

“Segregation and separation is thus a basic principle of Biblical law with respect to religion and morality. Every attempt to destroy this principle is an effort to reduce society to its lowest common denominator. Toleration is the excuse under which this leveling is undertaken, but the concept of toleration conceals a radical intolerance. In the name of toleration, the believer is asked to associate on a common level acceptance with the atheist, the pervert, the criminal, and the adherents of other religions as though no differences existed. The believer has a duty of lawful behavior toward all, an obligation to manifest grace and charity where it is due, but not to deny the validity of differences which separate believer and unbeliever. In the name of toleration, the believer is asked to tolerate all things because the unbeliever will tolerate nothing; it means life on the unbeliever’s terms. It means that Biblical order is denied existence, because all things must be leveled downward….The basic premise of the modern doctrine of toleration is that all religious and moral positions are equally true and equally false. In brief, this toleration rests on a radical relativism and humanism. There is no particular truth or moral value in any religion; the true value is man himself, and man as such must be given total acceptance, irrespective of his moral or religious position…But integration and equality are myths; they disguise a new segregation and a new inequality…Every social order institutes its own program of separation or segregation. A particular faith and morality is given privileged status and all else is separated for progressive elimination. The claim of equality and integration is thus a pretext to subvert an older or existing form of social order. ”

–R. J. Rushdoony, Institutes of Biblical Law

2 Comments:

Anonymous Christopher Witmer said...

Speaking of RJR, back in June you quoted him saying "Mohammed ensured the congenital stagnation of the Moslem world as far as true growth was concerned by eliminating from God’s total government the mind and heart of man. The restlessness of the orthodox Christian, and especially the Puritan, with the status quo, and his continual desire to improve himself and his world, and his delight in growth, is lacking in the Moslem, who sees all outward things as fate and is content to leave things inward alone."

I'm interested in knowing where I can find that quote . . . if you remember where he said that, would you kindly let me know? Thanks!

6:54 PM  
Blogger Darrell said...

Mr. Witmer,

See page 273 of "Revolt Against Maturity." If you have a different version, the chapter is on confession.

8:49 PM  

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