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On Civility: A Biblical Perspective

Civility is essential to positive engagement, constructive public discourse. This free resource from the Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas offers a biblical perspective on civility, providing guidance on:

  • Speaking truthfully
  • Being carful with anger
  • Using language with care
  • Making a covenant to be civil

An excerpt from the introduction:

"The sharing of ideas and perspectives is the lifeblood of democratic government and congregational churches. One person does not dictate; multiple persons influence and decide.

"Anyone who pays attention to democracy and congregational churches knows the process of influencing and deciding can quickly slide toward volatile speech and personal attacks. There is, however, a better way -- one that involves mutual respect as people contend with ideas.

"We call it acting with civility, and the Bible affirms this approach. To be civil does not mean a refusal to contend for a position; it means we contend in a Christ-honoring manner."

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