Saturday, August 2, 2008

what Christian civility isn't

One of my reasons for blogging springs from a desire to speak my mind. I always hope to be respectful of other people's opinions, but that doesn't mean I must agree with them. The blogosphere is notoriously uncivil at times, even among bloggers who name the name of Christ. I hope to take Richard Mouw's teachings on Christian civility to heart.
Christian civility does not commit use to a relativistic perspective. Being civil doesn't mean that we cannot criticize what goes on around us. Civility doesn't require us to approve of what other people believe and do. It is one thing to insist that other people have the right to express their basic convictions; it is another thing to say that they are right in doing so. Civility requires us to live by the first of these principles. But it does not commit us to the second formula. To say that all beliefs and values deserve to be treated as if they were on par is to endorse relativism - a perspective that is incompatible with Christian faith and practice.
From page 20 of Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World.

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