Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility Can Save the Public Square

Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility Can Save the Public Square

by Andrew Marin

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How does a pluralistic country like the United States find a medium of civic engagement that advances society through its most high profile arenas -religion and politics— in a way that inherently gives dignity and worth to a variety competing, even opposing, worldviews? Each of the most well known of these cultural disconnects, including LGBTs and conservatives, ultimately stems from that lingering question.
On any given topic, the opposing worldviews argue for their baseline moral, social, and ethical frameworks, and coinciding policies, to be the dominant lens which culture views, governs, and engages itself and others. The battle for ethics, policy, and who gets to dictate cultural normalcy produces the fertile ground for the culture wars that this recent generation has only ever known. Yet this polarizing disintegration of peaceful and productive engagement no longer has to be viewed as “normal.”
Our Last Option sets a path forward for a new generation of people tired of the broken system handed to them; providing answers to the problems that are tearing Western societies apart. This short ebook will explore a new model of civic engagement, Composite Engagement Model (CEM), articulating the merits of its four key principles as this generation’s most effective model of building bridges between opposing worldviews. CEM has been tested since the year 2010 through Andrew’s work with the United Nations, as well as over the past decade through his internationally recognized peace-building organization, The Marin Foundation. Now for the first time CEM will be explored academically.
Our Last Option will hold its readers accountable to live within a different standard of cultural, political, and religious engagement—one that begins to shift the dynamics of the tired systems that caused these culture wars in the first place.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149864720
Publisher: Patheos Press
Publication date: 01/24/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and the ebook Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). He blogs at www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation, is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets, and frequently lectures at universities around the world.

Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation.

For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology and Ethics. Andrew's research centers on the theology and praxis of social reconciliation between victims and their perpetrators.

Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Facebook (AndrewMarin01), Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

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