A leading intellectual and scholar considers the causes and nature of the moral crisis in America today and offers ways in which families, individuals, and politicians can improve the country by adhering to basic principles of civility. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
"Carter not only defends the legitimacy of religious argument but provides an impressive example of how a believer may engage in civil debate with fellow citizens who do not share his faith. . . . Stephen L. Carter [is] one of America's leading public intellectuals."-- "New York Times Book Review""Part theology, part ethics, part political science. . . . A thoughtful and provocative book."-- "Publishers Weekly""Carter's passionate plea for the 'we' over the 'me' is most welcome and constructive. . . . Such honesty is rare from an American scholar today."-- "Chicago Tribune""Civility, Stephen Carter reminds us, matters. Its foundations is in the heart and in our love and respect for our fellow human beings. Our institutions, culture, communities, and country cannot long survive the loss of this basic and essential ingredient of civilization. Nor can any of us." -- Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense Fund"Perceptive, insightful, erudite, timely, and yet profound--books just do not come any better." -- Amitai Etzioni, author of "The New Golden Rule""Stephen Carter has become one of the most provocative analysts of American life since de Tocqueville, and one of the easiest to read." Civility" will raise hackles, but always with civility. It's the rare writer who makes you like him even when you disagree. Stephen Carter is a rare writer." -- John Cardinal O'Connor, archbishop of New York