Rawlings School of Divinity


Master of Arts in Religion (MAR)


Donald Q. Hicks


chaplains, tolerance, Western culture




Throughout history, the differences between humanity led mankind to experience many hardships, even wars. These differences include religion or beliefs, tribal differences, racial differences, and geographical differences. Over time, and after much bloodshed and despondency of life, critical thinking men began to develop a strategy for humanity to get along together despite their differences. The question and the challenge of how mankind can get along together without engaging in conflicts about their differences became the chief thinking cap throughout the West. Humanity realized that the answer to their question and challenge was tolerance. Now forwarding into the 21st century, the Western world has long seen a bloodshed battle over religion, beliefs, or race, as some of the other continents experience daily. The greatest praise the Western culture can celebrate for such harmony is the teaching of tolerance. Today, the Western definition of tolerance (to put up with or respect), which helps prevent wars, is being corrupted. People whose lives exercise tolerance daily have a calling to magnify the most outstanding Western teaching ever (TOLERANCE) and call on others to help maintain the cultural practices so that history does not repeat itself. As chaplains demonstrate tolerance in their daily calling, they are strategically positioned to reflect the West’s harmony module and remind its citizens how we got here. For the Western culture to be sustained and prominent, the true concept of tolerance must be upheld.

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