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The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It

Os Guinness
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“How do we live with our deepest differences, especially when those differences are religious and ideological?” The place to begin to... Read More
“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 safe for diversity. 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 The world is watching how Americans behave and, in the eyes of the world, we are failing to live up to our own ideals. Rich with historical anecdotes that unlock the genius of the American experiment, Guinness also takes on the contemporary threat of both the religious right and the secular left to construct a new way forward in the midst of the buildup to the Fall 2008 presidential elections. Read Less

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  • Contributor(s)Os Guinness
  • About the Contributor(s) Os Guinness is an author and speaker living in the Washington, D.C., area. Born in China during World War II,...

    Os Guinness is an author and speaker living in the Washington, D.C., area. Born in China during World War II, Guinness left in 1951, after the Chinese Revolution. A graduate of the University of London and Oxford, Guinness is a former visiting fellow of the Brookings Institution. He has written or edited more than twenty books, including The Call, Invitation to the Classics, and Long Journey Home. A frequent speaker and seminar leader at political and business conferences in the United States, Europe, and Asia, Guinness has lectured at many universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and Stanford, and has often spoken on Capitol Hill.

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  • ISBN-139780061353437
  • Publish Date01/22/2008
  • PublisherHarperOne
  • Format Hardcover
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Weight (lbs)0.82 lb
  • Case Weight (lbs)32.8 lb
  • Dimensions 8.5(h) x 5.75(w) x 0.88(d) inches
  • Pages224
  • Price $16.77

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