And Why Our Future Depends on It. "How do we live with our deepest differences, especially when those differences are religious and ideological?" The place to begin to search for answers is the United States. Not because the problem is worse here than elsewhere--on the contrary--but because America has the best resources, and therefore the greatest responsibility to point the way in answering the deepest questions. 'The Case For Civility' is a proposal for restoring civility in America, as one model for fostering civility around the world and helping to make a world safer for diversity. (From one of the most revered Christian public intellectuals today.)
Guinness makes a passionate plea to put an end to the culture wars that--rather than creating a public space for real debate--threaten to reverse the very principles our founders set into motion that have long preserved liberty, diversity, and unity in this country. Guinness argues that we must:
- Say "No!" to the sacred public square-we cannot privilege one religion over another; the Christian Right has it wrong
- Say "No!" to the naked public square-public expressions of faith must remain legal; intolerance in the name of tolerance by the secular left is equally wrongheaded.
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