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“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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In a world that shouts: "If you truly care about 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 readers back to the place where the only truth resides. . .Jesus Christ.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (February 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1630589403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1630589400
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The premise of this book is great. When I first started reading it I thought that this book is exactly what is needed in today's troubled times. Josh McDowell is the father's voice of reason and his son Sean is the son's voice of understanding. I applaud them for writing this book together and for attempting to put all of the current world issues out on the table. But sadly it falls a little short on its purpose.

Today's culture enables teens to carry their "rebellious phase" with their beliefs, values, and attitudes into adulthood. They derive their values and beliefs from a culture that says moral truth is found from within the individual. The McDowells point out two different narrative stances: 1) The Biblical narrative: Moral truth is grounded in the character of God; it is objective and universal. This truth is known by discovering the nature of God and His ways as revealed through scripture and with nature, and 2) The cultural narrative: Moral truth comes from the individual; it is subjective and situational. This truth is known through choosing to believe it and through personal experience (i.e. you are the creator of your own truth). If an individual is free to decide what is moral then morality has no bounds. Cultural tolerance has had a significant influence on many areas with this generation, most notably in the area of sex. The concept behind cultural tolerance is that you have the right to decide what is right for your life and your situation.

I like the method that the authors say they teach called the 4-Cs process: 1) Consider the choice, 2) Compare it to God, 3) Commit to God's way, 4) Count on God's protection and provision. the authors point out that there is a way to love people for who they are while at the same time not endorsing their behavior.
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I had the perception (after reading his New evidence that demands a verdict) that Josh McDowell is not really a world class bible scholar; he appeals more to a popular audience who does not crave for the more meaty theology. The title of the book attracted me and managed to keep my initial skepticism at bay while I ploughed through the material. I sincerely did not expect to find out that not only did I throughly enjoy the book, I wrestled with the hardness of my heart to apply the Scriptural truths in my life.

The fictional case studies between modern parents and postmodern teens/young adults were relatable and very believable. I could imagine myself being part of such conversations. While I am not a parent, I relate to my postmodern roots as an intervarsity debater and my present worldview that I seek to be shaped by the Gospel. As I read through the chapters, I recognise my tendency toward legalism and harsh standpoints toward the postmoderns close to my heart. Indeed seeking to truly love a person whose worldview is opposite from yours is something that in our own flesh, we would find impossible. It is far easier to swing to either one extreme of being "tolerant" (a concept addressed at length and wonderfully explored) and accepting, or the other extreme of being completely "intolerant" and disconnect emotionally with a disagreeing party.

I heartily recommend this book!

I received this ebook from Barbour Publishing through Netgalley.com in exchange for this review.
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As a 22 year old female in the middle of cultural relativism I found this book extremely helpful. I was raised as a "fake Christian," for a lack of better words. I believed in God and prayed to him every night....and that was about it. I had no understanding of his love and had a culture-like understanding of "good" and "evil." As you could imagine, my years from 15 to about 20 were extremely difficult. Through the power of God, I was rescued from this "life" I was living. And since then, I have taken it upon myself to learn all the things I was not taught in my childhood. This book was extremely helpful in teaching me a lot of these principles and aiding in my spiritual maturity. Thank you Josh and Sean McDowell for a wonderfully applicable book that brought me much freedom in my life.
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I found the book “The Beauty of Intolerance” by Josh and Sean McDowell to be very helpful in attempting to understand the conflicts between Christian thinking and that of our current culture.

The authors 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.
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