After I posted my review of Rich Mouw’s Uncommon Decency a couple of weeks ago, John Mulholland, director of the Charles Malik Center for the Redemption of Reason, pointed me to what looks to be a wonderful online forum for the very sort of “convicted civility” Mouw calls for in the book. It’s hosted by Harold Heie of Gordon College and RespectfulConversation.net. On the Respectful Conversation website, just click on the link on the right side for Alternative Political Conversation (APC).
A variety of Christian perspectives are offered on topics like immigration, domestic poverty, Israel/Palestine, religious freedom, and more, each beginning with a handful of “potential leading questions” from Harold Heie. The regular contributors to the discussion are David Gushee (Mercer University), Paul Brink (Gordon College), Lisa Sharon Harper (Sojourners), Stephen Monsma (Calvin College), Amy Black (Wheaton College), and Eric Teetsel (Manhattan Declaration). Though they vary in their opinions and political convictions, they do agree on a handful of core principles:
- Truth-telling is essential
- All human beings are created by God and in His image
- Human beings are both fallen and capable of redemption
- Government has been established by God to promote a just order in society that benefits the common good, and
- The existence and importance of civil society.
I’d encourage you to follow along and, if interested, to join in. Most of all, be encouraged that civil conversation about these important political issues is possible, and is happening.
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