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In Building Cultures of Trust Martin Marty proposes ways to improve the conditions for trust at what might be called the "grassroots" level. He suggests that it makes a difference if citizens put energy into inventing, developing, and encouraging "cultures of trust" in all areas of life -- families, schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, and churches.
His analysis is particularly poignant and his conclusions especially helpful when he advocates trust-building in the religion-versus-science debate, rather than the confrontational postures that characterize much of that debate today. Marty believes that such efforts at trust-building will do more than just trickle up to larger areas of society; they will become slow-spreading habits of honesty, inspiring trust on a culture-changing scale.
Of course, Marty acknowledges that the reality of human nature tends toward trust-breaking, not trust-building -- all the more reason, he argues, to develop strategies to bring about improvements incrementally, one small step at a time. In reply to those who remain skeptical that small-scale efforts at trust-building can make a difference, that efforts to understand and deal honestly with each other can improve the conditions for trust, Marty asks, What is the alternative?
|Title: Building Cultures of Trust|
By: Martin E. Marty
Number of Pages: 184
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound
Series: Emory University Studies in Law and Religion
Stock No: WW865465
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