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Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World

Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World By Richard J. Mouw Uncommon Decency Christian Civility in an Uncivil World 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 confro

  • Title: Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World
  • Author: Richard J. Mouw
  • ISBN: 9780830833092
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Paperback
  • Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World By Richard J. Mouw 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 activelCan 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 He is concerned that, too often, Christians have contributed 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 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.
    Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World By Richard J. Mouw

    Uncommon Decency Christian Civility in an 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. Uncommon Decency Christian Civility in an Uncivil World In his book, Uncommon Decency Christian Civility in an Uncivil World, Christian ethicist Richard Mouw attempts to address Rodney King s question Mouw defines civility as public politeness where we display tact, moderation, refinement and good manners towards people who Uncommon Decency Christian Civility in an Uncivil World Up to sh backAug , 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. Uncommon Decency InterVarsity Press Aug , 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. Uncommon Decency Christian Civility in an Uncivil World 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. Uncommon Decency Christian Civility in an Uncivil World Richard Mouw in Uncommon Decency forges a model of Christian civil conversation with those we might disagree with atheists, Muslims, gay activists and He is concerned that, too often, Christians have contributed to the problem than to the solution. Uncommon Decency Cokesbury Uncommon Decency 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. Uncommon Decency National Association of Evangelicals Uncommon Decency Kindness and gentleness should be especially characteristic of those of us who are Christians We were created for kind and gentle living Indeed, kindness and gentleness are two of the fruit of the Spirit characteristics that the apostle Paul mentions in Galatians When Christians fail to measure up to the standards of kindness and gentleness, we are not the people God meant us Good Conversations on Polarizing Political Issues The Jun , Uncommon Decency Christian Civility in an Uncivil World acknowledges that it is not easy to hold to Christian convictions and treat sometimes vindictive opponents with civility and decency He presents very helpful insights about what Christians can appreciate about pluralism, the theological basis for civility, and how Christians can Uncommon Decency Publications Calvin University 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.

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    1. M Christopher on said:

      This is a book that I recommend for ALL people of faith, especially Christians Especially Christians because it is written for us by a leading Christian scholar For all people of faith because we all so badly need to be reminded of how decency and civility are woven into the callings of our faiths.Richard J Mouw, President of Fuller Seminary, has taken as his topic the failure of civil society to be, well, civil Like so many of us, he mourns the way in which political and religious dialogue has [...]

    2. Adam Shields on said:

      Short review For all of the scriptural injunctions about loving your enemy and do to others Christians can be quite uncivil with people with whom they disagree Mouw has the best book I have found so far about the how and why of being civil with those whom with disagree This is not a be nice book It is a book that encourages strong beliefs, but also a high level of civil dialogue It is mostly about being civil with non Christians, but also has some good discussion about how to be civil with other [...]

    3. Peter Clegg on said:

      This book was convicted and has softened my black and white mentality to a degree I recommend it to all Christians passionate for the truth I hoped for Scriptural and theological backing for his points At times Mouw flirts with theological pluralism but to a degree he recognizes a need to stand strong for convictions.

    4. Steven May on said:

      Good concepts for Christians to live by I struggle with the text but believed Richard Mouw message was on target.

    5. Stephen Hiemstra on said:

      Our society has become much diverse Measured in terms of race, the number of non Hispanic whites has fallen from roughly 84 percent in 1965 to 62 percent in 2015 1 Among children under the age of 20, the trend is even pronounced Stated in terms of perspectives, we are likely today to meet someone with a different cultural background and point of view than at any time since the Second World War 2 Rodney King s 1992 question Can we all get along remains a serious question for everyone, but espe [...]

    6. Rick on said:

      A very welcome book in this era of arguments, fighting, debates and open hostility Uncommon Decency is a call to treat others as we would have them treat us This isn t a book about being a pushover, but about trying to converse with others instead of yelling a book about listening and talking less A much needed book in this day and age.

    7. Jason on said:

      I generally l like Mouw s work, but I was surprised how much I appreciated this one It could be how timely it feels or, timeless Mouw originally wrote the book 20 some years ago and updated it a few years ago His basic gist is how vital it is to have strong beliefs WHILE also being civil, emphatic, and willing to listen and, in some cases, change or grow.

    8. James on said:

      Fuller Seminary professor and president, Richard Mouw wrote Uncommon Decency about the crisis of civility back in 1992 That bygone year seems like an eternity ago in the post 9 11 era of cable news loudmouths, Red States, Blue States, and economic meltdowns Almost universally, people now acknowledge that things have actually gotten divisive not less Mouw does not suggest that Christians retreat or merely try to get along Instead, he suggests civil engagement within proper limits He draws from t [...]

    9. Steve Squires on said:

      In Uncommon Decency Richard Mouw argues for increased dialog and understanding between evangelicals and other polarizing groups polarizing to evangelicals While affirming honest and true distinctions between groups, Mouw insists that dialog and respect represent the proper approach to interaction, rather than the common path of attack and vindictive behavior Civility, in fact, is the model that Christ gave and therefore should be imitated by His followers This civility will be compelling for tho [...]

    10. Taunia Piknjac Phillips on said:

      This is the most inspirational and important book I have read in a while Its guidance can help to navigate between the complexities and ambiguities of living in both in The City of God and the City of Man The author writes with clarity, simplicity and true wisdom I think this book is a necessary read for all Christians whether evangelical or Roman Catholic who realise that Christ is returning for ONE bride pure and spotless, not a harem I am like the Christian from the Yeats poem who is full of [...]

    11. Tim Hoiland on said:

      We were created for kind and gentle living, writes Richard Mouw But, he continues, It is not enough merely to reclaim civility We need to cultivate a civility that does not play fast and loose with the truth That s the core thesis of Mouw s classic book, Uncommon Decency Christian Civility in an Uncivil World IVP The problem he addresses is this those who tend to have strong convictions aren t often very civil, and those who excel in civility often lack a base of strong conviction Our aim, there [...]

    12. Alan on said:

      This book is just as necessary today as it was when it first appeared on 1992, if not so Mouw calls for a greater display of civility by Christians, both inside the Church and outside, and writes in a way that will be accessible to anyone at all interested in the topic He encourages Christians to respond graciously in difficult circumstances while recognizing that sometimes we must part company with those with whom we disagree Even parting company can be done graciously in Mouw s view, however, [...]

    13. Karla on said:

      I have not been reading much theology lately, and though this book was written in very simple language, it was still a theology book As such, it took me a long time to make my way through it Theology, for me, has always needed to be read in a different way than other literature It takes longer to digest and think through, and so it should I very much enjoyed this book The author is much conservative than I on the subjects he talked about, but I appreciated very much his willingness to talk abou [...]

    14. Stephen on said:

      Mouw lays out an extended case for and description of functional civility in the life of a modern Christian The exhortation is to a moderation that is so rare in my reading experience that I frequently had to remind myself that he wasn t mincing words He spends a lot of time making a claim, then explaining the myriad of ways it can be taking so far as to be of no use This last observation means that it wasn t thrilling reading, but it did have its moments of encouragement and conviction.

    15. Rae on said:

      A must read for anyone who professes a belief in Christ Mouw, retired president of Fuller Theological Seminary and a practicing Calvinist Presbyterian, shares his thoughts on how to talk to one another about the real life questions that are so personal and subjective and yet remain civil with one another AND true to our own beliefs He calls it convicted civility This man has opened up my eyes in so many ways and has quite simply rocked my world

    16. Helen on said:

      Although Mouw writes in an easy to read format, I found myself thinking that he is extremely intelligent and challenging I believe this is a book that anyone should read especially anyone who finds him herself in some sort of confrontation whether it is work, politics, family, or life in general We followed up the reading of this book with a discussion at Church and we know that many of us don t share all the same beliefs.

    17. Carl Jenkins on said:

      Mouw presents a great number of reflections and thoughts on the concept of civility that all Christians would benefit from reading In a world and culture with as many different opinions, worldviews, and beliefs as there are people, how do Christians maintain their convictions about sex, politics, and other religions without running over others with our words That s what Mouw addresses There were certainly a number of times I had to stop and repent during this book.

    18. Joel Burdine on said:

      One thought that passed through my mind when reading Mouw s book is that in our fragmented and pluralistic society, it would probably benefit us greatly if we wrote fewer books hedging in our positions and on how to dialogue civily and compassionately perhaps even Christianly Helpful, accesible read Kindness and conviction.

    19. Ralph Calhoun on said:

      Wish of my Conservative Evangelical friends would read this Mouw have many great points I especially liked chapter 11 which dealt with the reality of Hell and our real limits of knowing just what it is I started reading this just before the 2012 Presidential Election, and while it is not just about politics it does touch upon the subject.

    20. Christy Martsolf on said:

      A brilliant treatise reminding Christians that we can be fully loving and fully faithful only when we recognize all human beings as equally valued by God Civility does not require a shift in the truth, but rather a deep respect for the humanity of those around us Christians and non Christians alike.

    21. Renaissance on said:

      Read this for spiritual reading on a retreat Many good and thought provoking insights As a Christian, we often use our faith as justification for lack of civility or expressions of self righteousness, even to the point of demeaning others This is directly contradicting the message and spirit of Christ Love your enemies has some very practical applications.

    22. Sarah Limberger on said:

      The current cultural climate provides the perfect backdrop for reading this book Although I don t entirely agree with the specifics of Mouw s views, I greatly appreciate the principles he outlines, as well as his willingness to tackle such a complicated topic This is a book I predict I ll be coming back to many times in the years to come.

    23. Chelsea Caplinger on said:

      Not only was it bad because I was forced to read it, but he danced around the line and never actually got his point across which is very infuriating I spotted multiple typos too, which was very frustrating.

    24. Gina on said:

      There is plenty about this book that I vehemently disagree with, however I think it is well written and grounded in hope that people of convictions might find ways to communicate with than civility And it s good for my liberal self to be stretched by a conservative evangelical, on occasion

    25. Anthony Rodriguez on said:

      A very important book for our time It s a fairly slow read, but an easy one Christians need to hear its message.

    26. Stephen on said:

      An excellent and easy to read book on a much needed virtue for Christians engaged in public discourse.

    27. Tyler Hurst on said:

      Read this book It is a must given the volatility of the public square Let us be thoughtful in how we engage others.

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