"Toleration of people who differ in convictions and habits
requires a residual awareness of the complexity of truth
and the possibility of opposing view having some light
on one or the other facet of a many-sided truth."
Reinhold Niebuhr
“Tolerance,” in Collier’s Encyclopedia, 1966
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 -- yrs      
Love, respect, and acceptance of and toward each individual promotes the greatest degree of relationship and harmony with law, order, and peace (way beyond toleration). I believe atheism is a self imposed debilitating ignorance with no light or truth (complex or otherwise). To merely tolerate such noble individual with said belief would only degrade the love respect and acceptance I have for that individual. Each individual is a noble child and heir of the Divine Father, no matter his/her differing convictions and habits.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    It never fails that those who have decided on what 'the truth' is have the most difficulty understanding anyone else whose views differ from that notion. I could no more be an atheist than I could be a Catholic -- both claim to 'know' the 'truth'. I am fine with being honest enough to admit that I do not know the truth, but I endeavor to be truthful. The rest is a grand adventure, and I trust the miraculous process of life.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Said well Archer. The grand adventure (from atheism to zen) makes truth (the noun) available for the consumption or rejection of man. Truth has a history and it is the intercourse of differing convictions and habits that affords a full understanding thereof.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    A is A. Regardless of from which direction truth is viewed, the actual state of a matter remains unchanged. Liberals and socialists would have you believe truth changes depending on which facet you view. As if a diamond viewed on its flat top ceases being a diamond when you turn it over and view its point.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    Perception is everything... we only know that which we can comprehend, based upon our past experiences.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    I think we cannot dismiss the power of pain, rejection, injustice and barriers that this creates interpersonally and "intra personally". Oh that we need to be more loving. Oh that we truly need a Savior. May God forgive us.
     -- Anonymous, Washington     
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