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Posted November 26, 2012
Neisser and Hess model through their own dialogue that civility in political is not only only possible, but also necessary and productive. In their conversations on foundation issues like the very nature of power and our understanding of and relationship to it, they set the tone for discussing more specific issues like gender roles and sexual orientation respectfully and honestly.
What I most appreciated about this book was that no one was expected to change his or her position. Too often we assume when entering into dialogue that our sole purpose is to win, or to convince the other party that we are right. What Neisser and Hess set out to do is simply understand the other, which, they remind us, requires of us a willingness to sit with our discomfort.
One thing I'd like to note - as a religious liberal (and mainline Protestant clergyperson) I often found myself in the middle, which was an unusual place for me. While I generally agree with Phil's views on issues, I tend to frame things theologically, like Jacob.
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