Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World [NOOK Book]

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Can Christians act like Christians even when they disagree? In these wild and diverse times, right and left battle over the airwaves, prolifers square off against prochoicers, gay liberationists confront champions of the traditional family, artists and legislators tangle, even Christians fight other Christians whose doctrines aren't "just so."

Richard Mouw has been actively forging a model of Christian civil conversation with those we might ...
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Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World

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Overview

Can Christians act like Christians even when they disagree? In these wild and diverse times, right and left battle over the airwaves, prolifers square off against prochoicers, gay liberationists confront champions of the traditional family, artists and legislators tangle, even Christians fight other Christians whose doctrines aren't "just so."

Richard Mouw has been actively forging a model of Christian civil conversation with those we might disagree with—atheists, Muslims, gay activists and more. He is concerned that, too often, Christians have contributed more to the problem than to the solution. But he recognizes—from his dialogues with those from many perspectives—that it's not easy to hold to Christian convictions and treat sometimes vindictive opponents with civility and decency.

Few if any people in the evangelical world have conversed as widely and sensitively as Mouw. So few can write more wisely or helpfully than Mouw does here 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.
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Editorial Reviews

D. Michael Lindsay
"Uncommon Decency is an arousing call to Christians everywhere that our deepest convictions have to be tempered with civility, especially in this time of increasing partisan rancor and cultural division. To those who want to truly transform the world, Mouw reminds us that we will be most effective when we persuade others with patience, tolerance and compassion."
First Things
"A convincing case. . . . We can think of so many people who need to read this book, even as we suspect most of them think it would do us a heap of good. They're probably right."
Southwestern Journal of Theology
"This book is right on target and just in time—when Christians in the same churches and denominations have trouble talking to one another. Spiritual leaders in these churches and denominations need to embody and practice it."
Christianity Today
"Mouw convincingly argues that the need for civility is pressing. The virtue is nearly extinct. Civility is a Christian virtue whereby we enter public discussions with a strong conviction of Christian truth, a willingness to learn from those with whom we disagree, and a desire to honor the humanity of even our fiercest foe. Civility is not a passive politeness that defers to everyone and stands for nothing. Neither is it relativistic. It is a mannerly demeanor in which an inner intensity never overpowers self-restraint or rational discourse. . . . The book articulates an urgent message Christians should take to heart."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830869060
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 8/29/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised and Expanded
  • Sales rank: 760,953
  • File size: 242 KB

Meet the Author

Mouw is president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Before coming to Fuller in 1985 as professor of Christian philosophy and ethics, he was for seventeen years professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Convicted Civility: Can We Be Faithful & Polite Too?
2. What Christian Civility Is Not
3. Defending Christian Civility
4. Speaking in God's Presence: The Importance of Civil Speech
5. Open Hearts: The Importance of Civil Attitudes
6. The Spiritual Underpinnings
7. What's Good About Pluralism?
8. How to Be Civil About Sex
9. The Challenge of Other Religions
10. Christian Leadership in a Pluralistic World
11. When There Is No "On the Other Hand": The Limits of Civility
12. Is Hell Uncivil?
13. Abraham Kuyper, Meet Mother Teresa: The Problem of Triumphalism
14. Serving a Slow God: Civility and the End of Time
Afterword: A Civil Hug
Notes
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