What gives power to the myth that says “having truth is intolerant”? Its power comes from a picture—not a photograph or a painting but an image many people carry in their minds. In this picture, a man is being burned at the stake. He’s there because other people, who say they have the truth, are angry with him for saying that they don’t.
Yes, that’s a terrible picture. I agree that what it shows should never happen. But in my mind is a different picture. In mine a man is being burned at the stake too but for a completely different reason. He’s there because other people, who say there isn’t any truth, are angry with him for saying that there is.
Do you see my point? Doubters can be just as intolerant as believers.
— J. Budziszewski, from How to Stay Christian in College, p. 83