Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/1/1992
  • Publisher: Intervarsity Pr
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Can Christians be civil in a world falling apart?In these wild and diverse times, prolifers square off against prochoicers, gay liberationists confront champions of the traditional family, husbands and wives face each other in court, artists attack legislators, and "politically correct" intellectuals abhor crusading fundamentalists.Philosopher and ethicist Richard Mouw is concerned that, too often, Christians seem to be contributing more to the problem than to the solution. But he recognizes--from his own personal struggle--that it's not easy to hold to Christian convictionsandtreat sometimes vindictive opponents with civility and decency.Few if any people in the evangelical world have dialogued as widely and sensitively as Mouw. So few can write more wisely or helpfully about what Christians can appreciate about pluralism, the theological basis for civility, and how we can communicate with people who disagree with us on the issues that matter most.

Table of Contents

Convicted Civility: Can We Be Faithful & Polite Too?
What Christian Civility Is Not
Defending Christian Civility
Speaking in God's Presence: The Importance of Civil Speech
Open Hearts: The Importance of Civil Attitudes
What's Good About Pluralism?
How to Be Civil About Sex
The Challenge of Other Religions
Christian Leadership in a Pluralistic World
When There Is No ""On the Other Hand"": The Limits of Civility
Is Hell Uncivil?
Abraham Kuyper, Meet Mother Teresa: The Problem of Triu
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