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Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World [Paperback]

By Richard J. Mouw (Author)
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Pages   173
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 5.53" Height: 0.53"
Weight:   0.47 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 31, 1992
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830818251  
EAN  9780830818259  

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In these wild and diverse times, prolifers square off against pro-choicers, gay liberationist confront champions of the traditional family, husbands and wives face each other in court, artist attack legislators, and "politically correct" intellectuals abhor crusading fundamentalists. Philosopher and ethicist Mouw is concerned that, too often, Christians seem to be contributing more to the problem than to the solution. But he recognizes - from his own personal struggle - that it's not easy to hold to Christian convictions and treat sometimes vindictive opponents with civility and decency.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Richard J. Mouw is Professor of Faith and Public Life and former president of Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. His other books include Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction and Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World.

Richard J. Mouw currently resides in the state of California.

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more relevant than ever  Jan 18, 2007
Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, wrote this short and simple book a dozen years ago, but it is, perhaps, even more timely today than when it first appeared. The last several presidential elections indicate that our country and our churches are badly divided over a broad range of important issues like gay rights, abortion, stem cell research, the place of America in the world, global economics, health care, and the list goes on. Many people employ a military metaphor to describe our so-called "culture wars." President Bush divided our world in terms of an "axis of evil." In a war, to state the obvious, you have friends and foes, enemies and allies, the goal being for Good (that would be "our" side) to defeat Evil ("their" side). Sharp, partisan and demonizing rhetoric about these issues divides us even further. One is left to exasperate with Rodney King, who lamented after police who had publicly beaten him were acquitted and riots erupted, "why can't we all just get along?"

Mouw shows how and why Christians should not only be people of conviction, but people of compassion and civility. We are, he reminds us, to "pursue peace with everyone" (Hebrews 12:14), and to "show every courtesy to everyone" (Titus 3:2). Civility does not mean we have to like everyone we meet, forfeit our convictions to a relativistic perspective, or befriend people as a manipulative ploy to evangelize them. Rather, it means caring deeply about our civitas and its public life, because God so cares. After defining the nature and parameters of Christian civility, Mouw investigates its implications for our speech, attitudes, pluralistic society, sexual mores, other religions, and leadership in a fallen world. He explores the limits of civility, when there is no "on the other hand." His chapter on hell asks whether we can believe in hell and still be civil. In his final two chapters he cautions against out tendencies to triumphalism, and trying to usher in the kingdom of God right now, as opposed to appreciating the ways and means of a patient, slow-moving God who loves His creation deeply and longs to redeem it.
Disagreeing in friendship and laughter- the art of civil dialogue  Jun 30, 2005
This call for civility in public (and particularly religious) dialogue is vitally important. In order for our multi-cultural world to truly thrive, we need to learn to talk together *with* those who hold views other than our own. We live in a world where public discourse usually devolves into the demonization of one's "opponent." Mouw's book offers a helpful discussion of how one can hold onto one's convictions while respecting the worldview and world in which one's friends live.
Mouw is a leader, both as a scholar and as a Christian, in the quest to foster healthy interfaith dialogue where the beliefs of all parties are taken seriously and disagreements are allowed in friendship.
Civility among Christians  Aug 8, 2002
Mouw delves into a helpful critique of how people, especially people who profess to be Christians, can interact in the world in a positive and helpful manner. The book is an easy read that humbly critiques as well as offers ideas for insightful ways of seeing how one's belief system can be developed to promote respect and positive civil discourse. I found especially helpful his description of the problem of "triumphalism" which is a concern to me in our society. This is a good read that will promote solid self-examination in a fresh manner. I felt edified and challenged after I had read the book, and I recommend it as an individual reading as well as reading the book as a group.
a gross misrepresentation of what it is to be a christian  Apr 20, 2000
Mouw treats the 'non-believing' community as though they are perversions of what it is to be a human being. His dealings with sex are niave and faulty, furthermore his notion of people going to hell, that it is necessary to show the seriousness of sin, is devoid of christian love, and turns God into a petty vindictive and powerfull adversary to humanity rather than a loving and caring creator. In short, i am apauled by Maouw, and further apauled by the other fundi's like him.

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