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September 20, 2017 | Jennifer Vander Molen

Reforming Political Discourse: A Respectful Conversation

The political climate surrounding both the Obama and Trump presidencies is marked by hyper-partisan attitudes. Much of the rhetoric centers around “we’ll do this without you” from the majority party and “if you’re for it, we’re against it” from the minority party.

Every available political tool is wielded to defeat what the other side wants to do. The news from the right and left often seems to be covering different planets. Many people appear to be listening only to an echo of themselves. Policy discussion is marked by talking points that inflame one side and caricature the other.

This melee teaches us how not to communicate with each other. Families and communities are so divided that political discussion and life together becomes uncomfortable and sometimes impossible. Do Christians have resources for working together across political differences?

Can we offer an alternative to the current appalling state of political discourse?

We think so.

Our senior fellow at TCF, Harold Heie, is hosting a new digital conversation on Reforming our Political Discourse on his website, Respectful Conversation.

This digital conversation will feature:

  • Proposing a Christian perspective on political discourse
  • Discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed Christian perspective
  • Modeling the proposed Christian perspective by discussing the nature of politics and selected contentious public policy issues
  • Discussing a possible way forward for Christians

Each topic in this 10-month dialog features two conversation partners with significant disagreements in the subject matter. The hope for this project is to show how people on opposite sides of conflict demonstrate respect for one another and discover common ground that fosters ongoing conversation.

We hope you’ll join us for this enlightening and thought-provoking conversation!

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