Krista, as usual, highlights the best of what a "bridge person" today can be like, in this case, evangelically civil. No fundamentalist dogma revealed by author and seminary academic, Richard Mouw, here. It's fine to characterize civil conversations as dialogues proscribing ideology or moral imperatives, and despite what might be described as the legalistic word choice of Martin Marty's "convicted" citizenry social change can no longer be driven by biological needs --as is supposed in some arguments about human sexuality rooted in social contexts that predate the last century's modern era. Rather than re-reading "Christian Civility in an Uncivil World", try reading "Ethics in a Christian Context" by the theologian, Paul Lehmann. Though published at the hight of 1963's rarified debates over social change in America it allows Christians to contextualize their apologetics around presumptions of how society changes in our post-modern era, wherein long suffering souls suffer long in dialogue with one another. Krista perceives, again, the need to start small in what could, by some, be called the "critical new conversations."
Mark Small, retired clergy
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