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Adventures in Evangelical Civility: A Lifelong Quest for Common Ground

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A Hopeful Calvinist's Quest for Common Ground

Richard Mouw, one of the most influential evangelical voices in America, has been on a lifelong "quest for commonness"--engaging with others in a positive manner and advocating for a "convicted civility" when conversing with those with whom we disagree. Through nearly half a century of scholarship, leadership, and ministry, Mouw
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Hardcover, 241 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Brazos Press
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Bob
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Summary: An intellectual memoir, tracing Mouw's efforts to find common ground while maintaining reformed and evangelical convictions.

"Evangelical civility." It sounds like an oxymoron to some. Yet for those who know Richard Mouw's work, or have the privilege of personal acquaintance with him (which I do not), you know that there is at least one example of a person for whom both terms are true without contradiction.

In this "intellectual memoir," Mouw shares with us his own intellectual journey a
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Jamie Moore
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mouw's writing is very engaging, even elegant. In attempting to trace his path in his search for common ground in both inter- and intra-faith relationships, he covers a lot of personal and theological ground. He provides much to think about, even if many evangelicals will disagree at times (such as his treatment of Mormonism). However, in a culture where civility is severely lacking, Mouw's book and mission are much needed.
Радостин Марчев
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Това е втората книга от автора, която чета. Първата - He Shines in All That's Fair: Culture and Common Grace, не ме впечатли особено. Тази обаче ми хареса много.
Jim
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it
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Given the recent US Presidential election, the issue, let alone the practice of, civility was trampled underfoot much to the chagrin and concern of many people. In the election aftermath, with recriminations still being uttered, the big question, directly and indirectly asked is "Can we ever be civil again?"

And there is a related question being asked, "Can we find common ground to work together?" A question that is being asked not only with regard to national politics but to local community life
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Josh
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I love this book. Richard Mouw is an encouraging person, and this is an encouraging look at his life. As someone who was converted late in my teens and proceeded to join the only denomination, nay-the only church, that was anywhere near biblical (and then proceeded to do that very thing 2 or 3 more times), I have been on a 15-year quest to be properly catholic-gracious yet discerning, willing to learn but able to stand firm, charitable yet wholly convinced. Hearing the former Fuller President re
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Russell Threet
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is very surprising. Considering the title, the expectation was to be a semi-fluffy book on how everyone should play nice within the Christian community or even how the Christian community should play nice with the world. Books like that are not exceedingly rare and quote a few Bible verses for good measure to support their principles. The surprise comes early when you realize instead that this book, while autobiographical, is also goes very deep into both biblical and philosophical stu ...more
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Is this an autobiography? I hope so.
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Richard John Mouw is a theologian and philosopher. He held the position of President at Fuller Theological Seminary for 20 years (1993-2013), and continues to hold the post of Professor of Faith and Public Life.

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