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Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2008
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In a world torn apart by religious extremism on the one side and a strident secularism on the other, no question is more urgent than how we live with our deepest differences—especially our religious and ideological differences. The Case for Civility is a proposal for restoring civility in America as a way to foster civility around the world. Influential Christian writer and speaker Os Guinness makes a passionate plea to put an end to the polarization of American politics and culture that—rather than creating a public space for real debate—threatens to reverse the very principles our founders set into motion and that have long preserved liberty, diversity, and unity in this country.
Guinness takes on the contemporary threat of the excesses of the Religious Right and the secular Left, arguing that we must find a middle ground between privileging one religion over another and attempting to make all public expression of faith illegal. If we do not do this, Guinness contends, Western civilization as we know it will die. Always provocative and deeply insightful, Guinness puts forth a vision of a new, practical "civil and cosmopolitan public square" that speaks not only to America's immediate concerns but to the long-term interests of the republic and the world.
Os Guinness, an author and social critic, has written or edited more than twenty-five books, including The Call, Long Journey Home, Unspeakable, and The American Hour. A frequent speaker and seminar leader at political and business conferences in the United States, Europe, and Asia, Guinness has lectured at many of the world's leading universities and has often spoken on Capitol Hill. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Joseph Constable5 Stars Out Of 5April 5, 2008Joseph ConstableAnother fine book by Os Guinness.This is an excellent book that should be read by all the members of congress,legislators,public officials and of course all christians.Os Guinness offers us wise counsel for engaging the "public square". It is a good assessment of the current cultural climate. At a time when civil public discourse is at it's lowest point,Guinness offers a balanced approach for restoring virtue and civility in public discourse.He draws on our country's founding principles to present his arguments for civility.We will do well to heed this clarion call.