Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World by Richard J. Mouw
Right squares off against left, Islam challenges Christianity, legislators rebuff artists, and politically correct intellectuals abhor crusading fundamentalists.
Few if any people in the evangelical world have dialogued as widely and sensitively as Richard Mouw. But he recognizes that it's not easy to hold to Christian convictions and treat sometimes vindictive opponents with due respect.
Besides adding a new introduction and afterword, this revised edition expands its treatment of Islam, and it discusses at greater length the polarizations about sexuality in society, as well as disagreements among Christian communities. A new chapter focuses on the spiritual underpinnings of civility.
Richard J. Mouw (PhD, University of Chicago) now serves as professor of faith and public life after twenty years as president of Fuller Theological Seminary. He has written over twenty books on topics of social ethics, philosophy of culture and interfaith dialogue, including Uncommon Decency, The Challenges of Cultural Discipleship, Praying at Burger King, The God Who Commands, Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport, The Smell of Sawdust and Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals.
A leader in interfaith theological conversations, particularly with Mormons and Jewish groups, Mouw served for six years as co-chair of the official Reformed-Catholic Dialogue and as president of the Association of Theological Schools. For seventeen years he was a professor of philosophy at Calvin College and in 2007, Princeton Theological Seminary awarded him the Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Second Edition 7
1 Convicted Civility: Can We Be Faithful & Polite Too? 11
2 What Christian Civility is Not 21
3 Defending Christian Civility 31
4 Speaking in God's Presence: The Importance of Civil Speech 44
5 Open Hearts: The Importance of Civil Attitudes 57
6 The Spiritual Underpinnings 66
7 What's Good About Pluralism? 80
8 How To Be Civil About Sex 89
9 The Challenge of Other Religions 108
10 Christian Leadership in a Pluralistic World 122
11 When There Is No "On The Other Hand" The Limits of Civility 135
12 Is Hell Uncivil? 148
13 Meet Mother Teresa: The Problem of Triumphalism Abraham Kuyper 159
14 Serving A Slow God: Civility and the End of Time 170
Afterword: A Civil Hug 182
What People are Saying About This
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." D. Michael Lindsay, author of Faith in the Halls of Power