James Calvin Davis discusses his new book, In Defense of Civility, with Vermont Edition, Vermont Public Radio. He also talks about moving toward a more civil discourse in America in a recent interview with WCAX-TV.
You can also read Davis' suggestions on how mainline churches can help infuse some civility into public debate in his article for Patheos.com.
“In Defense of Civility provides a voice of well-reasoned encouragement to people of faith who fell a tension between their religion and their politics. By his careful examination of some of the most complex issues of our time, the author models the kind of dialogue he encourages. His clear, lucid prose gives the book a wide potential leadership, including individuals and small groups.”
—Eric Van Meter, Circuit Rider (Feb/Mar/Apr 2011)
“As James Calvin Davis observes in his thoughtful In Defense of Civility: How Religion Can Unite America on Seven Moral Issues That Divide Us, very often public discourse about various ethical matters strives to leave religion out of the conversation because religion introduces contention and incivility into the discussion. Focusing on topics ranging from abortion and stem cells, marriage, and living and dying well, to war, ecology, and the economy, Davis argues that one of the 'chief tasks of the religious community is to provide the setting for its members to confront together the moral issues that vie for their attention in the context of a basic worldview they all share.' Davis’ wide-ranging exploration urges deep reflection on the nature of the relationship between religion and politics in contemporary America.”
—Henry L. Carrigan Jr., ForeWord Reviews (Jan/Feb 2011)
“James Davis provides helpful insight into controversial issues facing twenty-first-century Americans. Even those who disagree with his conclusions will find this a splendid contribution to a more civil public conversation.”
—Rev. J. Philip Wogaman, author of Moral Dilemmas: An Introduction to Christian Ethics
“A gentle and penetrating reminder of the role that religion can play in helping us think through deep problems.”
—Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
“This broad-minded and intelligent book is a must-read for all who are interested in finding common ground amidst our nation’s divisive political, cultural, and religious conflicts.”
—Dr. David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia
“Davis combines just the right amount of accessibility, historical knowledge, and depth to make this book an excellent and significant contribution to the cavernous collection of literature on religion and public debate."
—Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, coeditor with Rebecca Todd Peters of To Do Justice: A Guide for Progressive Christians