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The Deadly Philosophy of Tolerance

"The point of having an open mind, like having an open mouth, is to close it on something solid." When G.K. Chesterton penned these words many years ago, he may not have imagined how widespread the dangerous philosophy of open-mindedness would become. Years ago, most Americans believed that absolute truth existed. Today, truth is a thing of the past. "Tolerance is the key to progress!" we are told. As Chesterton states, there is one absolute truth which we are to seek, and when we find it, to hold firmly to it. Indiscriminate open-mindedness leads to moral relativity, religious pluralism, and an educational void. We students are about to enter an environment where our beliefs and morals will be belittled as arrogant and ancient. If we are not firmly equipped to hold Christ as the only truth, then we can fall prey to the deadly philosophy of tolerance.