Liberating Speech-Today: Essays on the Freedom to Speak Out (or Hold Your Tongue) in an Interconnected World

Liberating Speech-Today: Essays on the Freedom to Speak Out (or Hold Your Tongue) in an Interconnected World

by Raymond Kemp Anderson

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Overview

In the wake of the furious demonstrations and debates evoked by terrorist attacks in Paris and elsewhere, Dr. Anderson's pithy essays unfold respectful, moderating responses that take seriously the cultural and religious differences that breed resentment between peoples and convulse the media. Written from a Reformed theological perspective, his reflections unfold the dynamics of free and faithful self-expression that promise happier, human-scaled, interpersonal, international, and inter-faith relations. Whether your communications are across the back fence, on the political stump, from the pulpit, writer's desk, or TV stage--whether you are a teacher, corporate agent, public servant, or soldier, you will find yourself reinforced and challenged to deepen the very roots of your calling and speak out in the fullest freedom.

""This book could not be more timely. In an age of irresponsible attacks and insensitive cartoons that evoke terrible reprisals and violence, Raymond Anderson argues for sensitivity and compassion in private and public discourse. Freedom of speech is often abused so that free speech can, and often does, have a price. Anderson illustrates in countless ways how freedom of speech can be cruel and insensitive. The author offers much wisdom in response to this phenomenon.""
--I. John Hesselink, Professor of Theology Emeritus, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan


Raymond Kemp Anderson served many years as Professor and Chairman of the Philosophy and Religion Department at Wilson College, Pennsylvania. He did his doctoral studies under the eminent Reformed theologian Karl Barth at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and is an ordained minister and leader in the Presbyterian Church. His works focus on Biblical ethics in the Reformed Church tradition. He is the author of An American Scholar Recalls Karl Barth's Golden Years as a Teacher, and Karl Barth's Table Talk.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498230254
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/14/2015
Pages: 86
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Raymond Kemp Anderson served many years as Professor and Chairman of the Philosophy and Religion Department at Wilson College, Pennsylvania. He did his doctoral studies under the eminent Reformed theologian Karl Barth at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and is an ordained minister and leader in the Presbyterian Church. His works focus on Biblical ethics in the Reformed Church tradition. He is the author of An American Scholar Recalls Karl Barth's Golden Years as a Teacher, and Karl Barth's Table Talk.

Table of Contents

1 A Stick in the Beehive: Free Speech in Transcultural Confrontation 1

2 Values and Belief: Our Unnatural, Faith-Based Freedoms 11

3 Holding One's Tongue in Freedom Compassion or Compulsion? 14

4 A Freely Responsive Speech Liberation vs. Willful Compulsion 31

5 The Full Reach of Speech Towards Unity of Word and Deed 50

6 Liberating Speech Towards Faith-Based Freedom of Expression 59

7 Liberty-Defending Authority A Zero-Sum Account 71

Bibliography 77

Index 81

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